16 May

Removing Barriers: If it is not Accessible, it is not Affordable or Sustainable

AfA UIA AHA Webinar option 3
May 16, 2022 - May 16, 2022 Online
Organizer: UIA Region I – Western Europe

Accessibility is an essential factor in the design of affordable housing and removing barriers to the creation of inclusive communities.

This webinar supports three pillars of the Forum identified as Barriers; MISMATCH, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS and URBAN DESIGN. It ensures that the UIA Policy on Accessibility, Inclusion in the Built Environment is applied to the Affordable Housing Activation Forum agenda. 

The speakers are all experts in the design of accessible and inclusive built environment. In order to ensure equal rights and comply with the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, all housing must be future-proofed and designed for lifetime use. Accessible housing contributes to social sustainability, equity and inclusion in our built environment. The presentations will provide a snapshot of current work being carried out in Europe by members of the UIA Architecture for All Work Programme in relation to accessible housing. 

Fecha: 16 May 2022, 16.00 CET (15.00 Irish Time) 



  • 16.00 Welcome and Introduction to AfA WP –  Angela Rolfe AfA Regional Director 
  • 16.05 Accessible Housing in the UK – Jane Simpson 
  • 16.20 Different Solutions for Upgrading Housing in Spain – Delfín Jiménez Martín and Nieves 
  • Peinado 
  • 16.35 Linden Farm: A supported living setting for adults with autism – TBC – Kate McGechan 
  • 16.50 Social Housing in Italy: some considerations – Isabella Steffan 
  • 17.05 Questions and Discussion Chaired by Angela Rolfe 
  • 17.20 Summary and Conclusions 

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Angela Rolfe. Angela is an Architect and Urban Designer. She was responsible for the restoration, refurbishment, upgrading and maintenance of a broad range of prestigious state properties for the Office of Public Works in Ireland between 1980 – 2017. She is currently Chair of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland [RIAI] Universal Design Task Force [UDTF] and Regional Director UIA Architecture for All Work Programme for Region 1. She is a Board member of ICOMOS Ireland and part-time lecturer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture IT Sligo.

Jane Simpson. Jane is an Architect and registered NRAC access consultant, she has over 30 years’ experience in inclusion. As a leading expert in inclusion, she works on all sectors, including residential schemes nationwide. She has contributed to the development of Inclusive Design Practices and standards is a member of the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Judging Panel, contributes to the Royal Institute of British Architects including, the International Union of Architects Region 1 Architecture for All Work Group.

Delfín Jiménez Martín. Delfín Jiménez Martín Delfin has a Ph. D in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and is currently Director of “EQAR, Planning, Building and Accessibility”. He is participating in several projects of international standards on Accessibility for UNE, ISO and the European Commission. He has extensive experience as a Universal Accessibility consultant with entities such as ONCE Foundation, PREDIF, ILUNION, and with AENOR and ENAC as an expert in certification audits in Accessibility. He is professor of the Master of Accessibility at the University of Jaén, director of the COAM Accessibility Training Plan and lecturer in numerous other courses at UPM, COAM, Madrid Council…). He has several publications on accessibility in the physical environment and has participated as a speaker at numerous International Conferences. He is president of ASEPAU, Spanish Association of Universal Accessibility Professionals, member of IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) and Spanish representative in the Smart Cities for all, of the G3ict. 

Nieves Peinado Margalef. Nieves Peinado Margalef Nieves trained as an Architect at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Since 1991 she has developed her professional background at the Architecture Department of the Spanish Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aids (CEAPAT). CEAPAT is a governmental centre belonging to Imserso, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality whose mission is to contribute to making the rights of persons with disabilities and older persons effective, through accessibility, assistive products and technologies and design for all. Working at CEAPAT has given Nieves an expertise on Universal Design and Accessibility in the built environment. She also participates in training activities and in national and international working groups as UNE, CEN and ISO. 

Kate McGechan. Kate McGechan Kate is an Architect and registered NRAC access consultant. Kate joined Haverstock in 2005 and is an experienced architect and inclusive design consultant. She has led a series of award-winning education, housing, and community projects. In 2021 was awarded the RIBA South East Architect of the Year Award for her work on Linden Farm Supported Living. She is a member of LLDC’s Built Environment Access Panel (BEAP) and the chair of London region of the Access Association and has gained NRAC (Access) Consultant accreditation. Kate was the project architect of Linden Farm Supported Living Setting for young adults with autism. The design provides residents with an exemplar home environment, whilst enabling the assistance of supported living care. The project won the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design and received an honourable mention in UIA’s Friendly and Inclusive Spaces awards 2021. 

Isabella Tiziana Steffan. Isabella Tiziana Steffan Isabella is an architect and Certified Professional Ergonomist. She is active in the fields of planning, designing, research, standardisation, on accessibility and usability of environment, products, services. She has been a selected expert within the European Community Mandate 420, for developing a new standard “EN 17210:2021 – Accessibility and usability of the built environment – Functional requirements” and two related technical reports. She is chair of the Technical Committee “Ergonomics in Design for All” of IEA – International Ergonomics Association, and an active member of the EDF- the European Disability Forum Expert group on Built environment and of the UIA Architecture for All WG (since 2011), now representing the CNAPPC– the Italian Council of Architects. 

Organizado por: UIA Region I 

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