Inclusive Design & Wellbeing – A Conversation Past Event

Presented by Sonya Veronica Iskandar

What is Inclusive Design, and how does it relate to wellbeing?

According to the 2009 National Disability Strategy Consultation Report, Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia, the built environment is noted as one of the main barriers to day-to-day social inclusion. Social exclusion and isolations can affect wellbeing, mentally and physically. What is our current understanding of inclusive design, particularly in public spaces, and its correlation to wellbeing?

Sonya Veronica Iskandar presents and moderates an inter-disciplinary panellists conversation.

Independently organised, this event is partly sponsored by ShawContract and supported by Swinburne University of Technology.

Sonya Veronica Iskandar, Interior & Spatial Designer , Artist and PhD Candidate at Swinburne University of Technology.

Sonya Veronica Iskandar is an Interior & Spatial Designer with 18 years of professional practice experience and she is also a multidisciplinary artist. In the past few years, Sonya has developed keenness in advocating inclusive culture through interior- spatial design, which led to her current PhD Candidacy at Swinburne University of Technology, School of Design, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design.

Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre of Inclusive Design.

Dr Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design and a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. As the chief strategist and visionary at Centre for Inclusive Design, Manisha has a unique talent for seeing beyond the horizon to emerging trends, defining them and building powerful communities to bring them into being.

Professor Jenny Martin, Professor of Social Work- Federation University

Jenny Martin is a Professor of Social Work at Federation University (previously Swinburne University) and has extensive experience as a social worker in mental health services, mental health researcher and mental health educator. She is a Mental Health Community Visitor with the Office of the Public Advocate visiting in-patient and community mental health services.

Dr Lil Deverell, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialist of RoAM and Postdoctoral researcher at Swinburne University of Technology.

Lil is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, working with people who have low vision or blindness. Her interests include scooter mobility with low vision (masters project); measuring functional vision and mobility in everyday places that matter to clients (PhD and post-doc project); employment outcomes for graduates with disabilities (current); and housing options for living in community.

Dr Andrew Martel, Early Career Academic in Construction Management and Housing- Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Andrew is a lecturer in Architecture and Construction at the University of Melbourne. Lately, he has been investigating how designing for disability might drive innovation in the built environment, and was recently involved in a raid review of design best practice for mental health facilities for the Sax Institute and the NSW Ministry of Health.

Jocelyn Chiew, Director City Design, City of Melbourne.

Jocelyn is Director City Design at the City of Melbourne, leading an interdisciplinary team of urban designers, architects, landscape architects and industrial designers. She is also a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel and National Councillor at the Australian Institute of Architects.  

Leo Feig, Project Manager at Building Engineering Pty Ltd.

Leo is a Project Manager with commercial construction company Building Engineering. With 16 years’ industry experience, Leo’s work often includes delivery in active environments including education campuses, retail spaces and community facilities where communication and understanding of accessible design is key to successful outcomes.

Update Note

Due to a clash of schedule, Bernie Clifford Accessibility Consultant and Director of Before Compliance, will not be joining us in this conversation.

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Wed 31 Mar 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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