3rd Australian Universal Design Conference

4-5 September 2018, Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre

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  DAY ONE - Tuesday 4 September 2018 
5:00pm Close Day One
9:00am Acknowledgement of Country: Willie Prince

Welcome to Brisbane - Meaghan Scanlon MP, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development

Ms Lenna Klintworth, Master of Ceremonies
9:30am Keynote: Universal Design and Person Centred Economics
Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
10:30am Tea break
Concurrent Session OneConcurrent Session Two
11:00am Living in Place: Who are we designing for?
Thea Kurdi, DesignAble Environments
Universal Design in social policy: Addressing the paradox of equality
Dr Emily Steel, University of Southern Queensland
11:30am A universal design tool for mixed use buildings
Elise Copeland, Auckland Design Manual
If it is not universally designed you are leaving us behind
Karen Fankauser, Disability Advocate
12:00pm Lunch and Table Topic Discussions 1.5 hours
An opportunity to network and/or present on a topic of interest at the lunch table.
1:30pm Keynote: The Future of Transportation
Amy Child, Associate, Transport and Cities, Arup
2:10pm Panel Session Chaired by Bill Forrester: Amy Child and Nicki Hutley
Who stands to benefit from inclusion?
2:30pm Concurrent Session One
Session Chair: Jane Bringolf

Universal design in all new housing: Keeping COAG to account
Dr Margaret Ward, Australian Network on Universal Housing Design
Concurrent Session Two
Session Chair: Penny Galbraith

Architecture for All: Existing and Historic Buildings
Allen Kong, Architect
3:00pm Afternoon Tea Break
3:30pm Concurrent Session One
Session Chair: Queenie Tran

Provision of safe pedestrian surfaces throughout economically reasonable life cycles
Richard Bowman, Ceramic Engineer
Concurrent Session Two
Session Chair: Emily Steel

Accessibility Charter for Canterbury: Collaborating to go beyond compliance
Lorraine Guthrie, CEO Barrier Free New Zealand Trust
4:00pmExploring the secret logic of universal design in vernacular architecture
Lida Eslami, PhD candidate Azad Islamic University, Tehran
Universal Design Consultation Guide for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Dr Apeksha Gohil , Monash University
4:30pm Architecture for All: Inclusive public space and buildings
Allen Kong, Architect
Case Study: Accessible beaches for all
Tom Bevan, Access and Inclusion Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council
  DAY TWO - Wednesday 5 September 2018  
We have room for more Table Topics. Why not use the extended lunch break to eat, meet, and share your story of universal design and inclusive practice? It’s a really good way to network with other interested people and make the most of the conference.Send your topic outline and a short bio to email
8:45am Welcome
9:00am Keynote: Accessible Tourism: Everyone can benefit from an inclusive approach
Chris Veitch, Access New Business (UK)
9:40am Keynote: Accessible Housing the National Construction Code
Kieran O’Donnell, Senior Project Officer, Australian Building Codes Board - Followed by Q&A moderated by Michael Small
Interactive Session: Down to Practicalities Chris Veitch, Bill Forrester and Kevin Cocks AM
10:10am A journey in inclusive tourism: Finding and providing the right information
Nadia Feeney, Operations Manager, ATDW
10:30am Tea break
Concurrent Session One
Session Chair: Margaret Ward
Concurrent Session Two
Session Chair: Margaret Kay
11:00am Virtual Reality and accessible housing design policy within the NDIS
Libby Callaway, Monash University & Associate Professor Kate Tregloan, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne (Adjunct) Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
Everyone's Business: Inclusive Tourism online learning course Chris Maclean, Policy Officer, Local Government NSW
11:30am Home Coming? A story of reassurance, opportunity and hope for universally designed housing in Australia
Dr Penny Galbraith, Project Manager, Builder and Access Consultant
Everyone Can Play
Bec Ho, CEO Touched by Olivia Foundation
12:00pm Building all new homes to an agreed universal design standard: Understanding the perceived costs and benefits to Australian society
Dr Courtney Wright, Griffith University
The Universal Design Process: Australian study, global implications
Cathryn Grant, Deakin University
12:30pm Lunch
Concurrent Session One
Session Chair: Karen Fankhauser
Concurrent Session Two
Session Chair: TBA
1:30pm Flexibility and Technology in Universal Design – Specialist Disability Accommodation
Queenie Tran, Chief Operations Officer, Summer Housing
Unlimited PossAbilities
Diana Palmer, Manager IDEAS
2:00pm Home Modification as a strategy to achieve UD in housing Panel Session led by Michael Bleasdale, MOD.A, and Elizabeth Ainsworth, Home Design for Living, with Terry Braddock from BVN and Maree O’Shea from O’Shea Builders. Powered Mobility Futures Dr Theresa Harada, University of Wollongong
Up and Away: Improving accessibility of airports for travellers with dementia
Prof Jill Franz, Queensland University of Technology
3:00pm Afternoon Tea Break
3:30pm Final Panel Session: Topic: Home and Away with Universal Design
Chris Veitch, Kevin Cocks AM, Penny Galbraith, John Moynihan
Session Chair: Jane Bringolf
4:15pmAnnouncements and closing remarks
4:30pm Close
Reimagining Co-design through Ability and Techné
Dr Janice Rieger (QUT); Dr Jasmien Herssens (UHasselt); Dr Megan Strickfaden (University of Alberta)
This research explores the different ways that designers come to understand how to design environments for users with abilities that differ from their own. Through three international case studies, we illustrate that the ways designers design for/with people who have disabilities can be shifted when considering ableism and techné.
So Close and Yet so Far Away: Teaching Design Students to Design for Differences
Dr Janice Rieger (QUT) and Annie Rolfe (QUT)
Teaching design students to design for/with people with disabilities is still a significant challenge in design education. This presentation reflects on the various pedagogical methods that were undertaken to educate architecture and interior design students at QUT on inclusive design. These studies resulted in recommendations for improvement, student reflections and teacher reflections.
Universal design means… designing for people with dementia
Terri Preece (UOW)
With almost 50 million people affected by dementia worldwide there is a growing recognition of the need to make our communities more dementia friendly. Key evidence based design principles play a major role in designing public buildings to be dementia friendly. These are demonstrated through the Dementia Friendly Community - Environmental Assessment Tool.
12:00pm - 1:30pm Day 1
Achieving access to existing buildings – an international perspective
Michael Small
Michael Small recently submitted his Churchill Fellowship report following a study tour of Canada, the US, Ireland and UK. The session will look at how other countries address access when upgrading existing buildings and the promotion of a universal design approach overseas.
Universal Design in Housing – a builder’s perspective
John Moynihan, Ecolateral
Universal design and accessibility is achievable in most homes with a bit of forethought. It can be achieved alongside sustainability concepts such as Green Building and Passive Housing. The discussion will include an international perspective.
Speaking from Experience – the latest on inclusive tourism
Bill Forrester
Bill Forrester will share his experiences of the inclusive tourism market and discuss some of the latest research.

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