On 08 June, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland held a seminar on Inclusive Design. The event, chaired by Director Eugene Mullan, provided an informative and varied insight into all forms of inclusion, exploring how we can produce accessible spaces for a diverse population. The seminar covered design for housing, public buildings, wayfinding, public space and statutory guidance.
Director Rick McCluggage presented on the subject of Inclusive Design In Housing and focussed on key themes emerging in residential design and presented a narrative that we are not designing for the Modular Man, but for a wide range of people with different requirements and conditions, from a parent with a buggy, to wheelchair users, residents suffering from blindness or deafness, and those with emerging cognitive conditions such as dementia. Rick presented the topics and themes through the use of case studies, by SSM and others.
Rick and Eugene were joined by excellent speakers from across our industry including Annie Pollock, Joann Russell (Historic Environment Scotland), Emma Rose Berry & Ángel Morales-Aguilar (LDN Architects), Lucy Richards (StudioLR) and Colin Wishart (The City of Edinburgh Council Building Standards).
The seminar concluded with an interesting Q&A session with the attendees and Closing Remarks by Eugene in his role as chair.