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1 Formal CPD Point
This program introduces the key principles behind accessible design. Our presenters address the structure of the regulatory framework for accessibility of the Australian built environment and unpack important design concepts for accessibility. Belinda and Angela also provide clarification of commonly misunderstood aspects and identify opportunities for enhanced accessible design solutions and where to find further information. This session was conducted as part of a whole day CPD run by the Victorian Chapter on the Practice of Architecture.
Other courses conducted on this day included:
Writing a Brief (1 Formal CPD point)
DeMystifying Performance Based Solutions and Section J (1 Formal CPD point)
Case Study: Learning from Lacrosse (1 Formal CPD point)
For Further Information please refer to the following Acumen Notes*:
Access Design Guide
*Acumen is an included member benefit
This event will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:
3 Design: Conceptual Design
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.
5. Documentation: Detailed Design
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
This event will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:
Project Initiation and Conceptual Design
PC 32 Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project.
Detailed and Construction Documentation
PC 46 Be able to produce project documentation that meets the requirements of the contract and procurement process and complies with regulatory controls, building standards and codes, and conditions of construction and planning approvals.
At the end of this session participants should be able to:
Belinda Seale is the Principal Architect and Access Consultant at Haptic Space, a practice she founded two years ago to work with individuals, community, corporate and government organisations to design and deliver enabling and therapeutic environments. With over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of enabling architecture, Belinda has an in-depth understanding of accessible, adaptable, supportive and therapeutic aspects within both the built and external environments. Prior to starting her own practice located in inner Melbourne, Belinda worked for many years as an Associate with Allen Kong Architect. She has collaborated on innovative, complex and award-winning specialist residential, care and community facilities for people with a wide range of abilities, ages, health and socio-economic circumstance.
She is passionate about close collaboration with clients and user groups in order to understand their abilities, needs and aspirations, seeking to develop creative, ethical and sustainable solutions within an evidence-based framework. Belinda is an experienced Access Consultant and an accredited member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia. She works in an advisory role with fellow built environment professionals, property owners and managers to develop accessible and enabling solutions for built and external environments. She has co-authored universal and accessible design guidelines for a range of community and government organisations. As the Chair of the Institute’s Victorian Access Committee and serving on the National Access Work Group, Belinda advocates for architecture which supports people to live full, meaningful and joyful lives.
Angela Roennfeldt is a Registered Architect and member of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Insitute's National Access Working Group, the Insitute's Victorian access committee and the Association of Consultants in Access Australia. Angela also represents the Institute on and is the current chair of the Australian Standards 1428 Design for access and mobility suite of standards. She has also represented Standards Australia as head of the Australian delegation on the International Standards Organisation committee for development of International Standard ISO 21542 - Building construction - Accessibility and usability of the built environment.
While her work has also involved working in the heritage and the health sector, the major part of Angela's career has been primarily focused on providing accessibility for people with disabilities of all ages within the built environment. The first part of Angela's working life was spent working for Allom Lovell Sanderson (later Allom Lovell and Associates), Kerr Lewit Clark and Kidd and Billard Leece. For the last fifteen years, Angela has applied her architectural knowledge to working on internal projects for not for profit Villamaria/Villa Maria Catholic Homes. At VMCH, Angela has been involved in the development and maintenance of day service accommodation, Nursing Homes, Retirement Living developments and housing accommodation for older people, people with disabilities and retirees. Angela was awarded a Churchill fellowship in 1998 to investigate the provision of small scale residential accommodation for older people with disabilities and affordable housing in various countries overseas. She was also awarded the National Disability Award in accessible Housing in 2010. Angela Roennfeldt is a Registered Architect with 33 year's experience in the provision of accessible environments.
Angela worked for half of her working life in private architectural practices. More recently she has worked for Not for profit organisation VMCH, which provides day options and residential accommodation for older people, people who have retired and people with disabilities. Angela is the current chair of the Australian Standards 1428 Design for access and mobility suite of standards. She has also recently contributed to the update of the International Standard on Accessibility. Angela believes that good design can lead to seamless integration of access for people with a variety of disabilities into all buildings and that the key to good design is designing to meet people's abilities so that they can more easily navigate the built environment.