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Expert in Building and Environmental Design in Relation to Disability and Ageing

Expert ID: 728195 United Kingdom

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Expert has more than forty years experience of designing buildings and environments to meet the needs of older people and those who have disabilities. His designs, several of which have won national awards, have been made in response to the needs of individuals, trusts, local and central government, as well as wider communities. His work often involves historic buildings and settings, such as St Paul's, and other Cathedrals, the National Maritime Museum, and the London Underground system . He acts as a government adviser, and consultant to numerous trusts and organizations. For ten years he was Adviser on disability and design to HRH the Prince of Wales. His work has been extensively published, and he is the author of five books on design, disability and the accessibility of the built environment. He is a regular lecturer at universities and medical schools in the UK and overseas, and has broadcast on both radio and TV. He is also an expert witness in the High Court on meeting the accommodation needs of disabled people

Assessment of the accessibility of the London Underground system and a review of the measures needed to improve it, including a comprehensive review of the organization's design standards. Recommendations were made for the redrafting of the standards.Review of the standards of accommodations and facilities of all five of the personal development centres of the Outward Bound Organization, with proposals for improved accessibility, upgrading and improvement, including the preparation of model designs for trainee facilities.Review of the standards of the facilities and industrial premises of the Remploy organization, with over 10,000 employees, to assess their suitability for purpose and making recommendations for their rationalization and improvement.Assessment of the accessibility of St Paul's Cathedral and associated buildings, together with preparation of a programme of improvements, including a lift serving all principal levels, accessible WCs, and visitor facilities.Review of the facilities of Perkins Institute for the Blind, Boston, Mass, USA to consider their suitability as a base for the education and training of deaf-blind children and young people, including proposals for improvements and alterations.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1999 Degree: MA Subject: Architecture Institution: DeMontfort University Leicester
Year: 1979 Degree: BA Subject: Social Sciences Institution: Open University
Year: 1965 Degree: Architectural Association Diploma Subject: Architecture Institution: Architectural Association School of Architecture

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 2010 Employer: self Title: Principal / Founder Partner Department:
Sole Practitioner / Consultant
Chartered Architect & Designer /
Client Design Adviser /
Accessibility Consultant /
Lecturer / Author and Adviser
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1972 to 1999 Employer: self / Penton Smart & Grimwade Title: Founder Partner Department:
Practice Management, Design Policy and Project Design, Contract Administration, Marketing and Client Relations
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1963 to 1972 Employer: Dennis E Pugh Associates Title: Associate Department:
Some practice management, project design and contract administration
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1961 to 1962 Employer: Cowper Poole Reynolds Towns Title: Assistant Department:
Available upon request.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1985 to 1992 Agency: DoH Role: Committee set-up / Vice Chairman Description: Setting up and administering the new Access Committee for England for the Government
Years: 2006 to 2010 Agency: DoH/DC+LG Role: Board Member Description: Board Member of the National Register of Access Consultants
( Administered for Govt )
Years: 2009 to 2010 Agency: DC+LG Role: Adviser Description: Adviser to the Board of the Homes and Communities Agency on the needs of Older and Vulnerable People
Years: 2009 to 2010 Agency: Expert Role: Panel Member Description: Housing an Ageing Population : Panel for Innovation - reporting directly to Minister for Health and the Minister for Communities and Local Government

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1989 to 1989 Country / Region: Norway Summary: Training for members of the Norwegian State Deaf-Blind Team including the development of proposals for regional centres for young deaf-blind people
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Review of facilities for deaf-blind children in Italy including site assessments, and evaluation of proposals by local architects, together with preparation of model design guidance
Years: 1992 to 1992 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Review of training facilities and accommodation for deaf-blind young people and trainers, Ross MacDonald Institute, Brantford, Ontario
Years: 1994 to 1997 Country / Region: Denmark Summary: Annual training courses for Nordic personnel working with deaf-blind children and young people based on Dronninglund Slot, Jutland
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Switzerland - UN/WHO Summary: review of drafts of proposals for international minimum standards for the design of sanitary facilities for disabled people

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland, Architectural Association, Chartered Society of Designers, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Association of Building Engineers, National Register of Access Consultants, Royal Society of Arts
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
Expert Adviser H+CA,
Expert Houisng an Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation,
Commissioner: Commission on Disabled Staff in Lifelong Learning,
Member of Council, City & Guilds,
Member of Governing Board,
National Register of Access Consultants,
Former Chairman, Centre for Accessible Environments
Awards / Recognition
MA Honoris Causa
Publications and Patents Summary
He has five published book titles and drafted the Government design guidance on 'Disabled People in School Buildings' His
book on Churches and Accessibility in now in its 3rd Edition.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert is an Architect who has also trained as an Arbitrator and as an Expert Witness. He has worked with more than 150 Law firms on the provision of expert evidence in relation to meeting the Claimant's housing or accommodation needs in Personal Injuries actions in the High Court and at Tribunals
Training / Seminars
Expert was Chairman of the Centre for Accessible Environments for nine years, and chaired numerous seminars on disability and design related topics during that time. In the 1970's he set up and ran two courses, each twice per year, at Castle Priory College, Wallingford, for Occupational Therapists, or Occupational Therapists and Architects on basic training in building construction and disability related design problems. The courses ran, over-subscribed, for more than twenty years. In consequence Expert was made an Honorary Member of the College of Occupational Therapists.
Vendor Selection
Expert originates the specification of his projects from specialist sources which he has built up over the years. As an Industrial Designer as well as an Architect he has engaged in product design, assessment, evaluation and testing for numerous specialist manufacturers.
Marketing Experience
Expert is a qualified and registered Architect and RIBA Client Design Adviser. He is a member (No.004) of the National Register of Access Consultants. He has trained and qualified both as an Arbitrator and as an Expert Witness. He founded and was the first Chairman of the Herts and Beds Construction Industry Liaison Group. He is a former member of the RIBA Eastern Region Council.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is an Adviser to the Homes and Communities Agency on the needs of Older and Vulnerable People. He is a member of the Expert Panel of HAPPI - 'Housing an Ageing Population; Panel for Innovation', reoprting directly to Government. Expert is a member of the Council of Europe Committee (W84) on the co-ordination of regulations and standards in relation to the environmental needs of disabled people. For ten years Expert was Adviser on Design and Disability to HRH the Prince of Wales.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Swedish Moderate ability, including drawing interpretation ( as for Danish and Norwegian )
French Moderate ability, including drawing interpretation

Fields of Expertise

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