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Access Consultancy Course:Inclusive design skills for architects

04 June 10:00 - 17:00
Organized by: RIBA London
Venue: RIBA, London
TateHindle Limited
1 Lindsey Street

Inclusive design and accessibility can be a confusing and sometimes subjective area.


RIBA Access Consultancy Course aims to help architects grow in confidence and understanding when discussing these issues with clients.


By attending this course, you will increase your understanding of user needs and the implications of a non-inclusive environment.


The RIBA Access Consultancy Course will help you develop your knowledge of legislation and regulations covering inclusive design and gain a wider awareness of available best practice documents.


The course will develop this knowledge and understanding through workshops including a mini-audit, design appraisals and mini-workshops discussing case studies.


You will be provided with information regarding how to become an accredited Access Consultant with the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC).


Who is the course for? The one-day interactive course will provide delegates with “core competences and skills requirements” that would help their NRAC Consultancy application.


The Access Consultancy course will be aimed at architects seeking NRAC accredited consultancy status.


However, the course is also open to all architects and construction professionals wanting to further their accessibility knowledge and training.


Course content and structureThis 6-hour interactive course is delivered from 10am to 5pm, including structured learning modules and practical case sessions.


Morning session

NRAC: what is it and what is needed to become an access consultant User needs explained Access auditing: the process of auditing, what’s included, and writing the report


Afternoon session

Legislation: what you need to know The RIBA process and how Access Consultancy applies Access appraisal workshop   Speaker: Simone West, Principal Access Consultant at Atkins. This course is designed and developed by Simone West, who has been a Chartered Building Surveyor for 25 years, specialising in inclusive design for 17 years. She has had the opportunity to work on some exciting projects, developing a greater understanding and knowledge of what inclusive design means. Perhaps the most notable of these was the London 2012 Games. She has combined this with completing her Msc on Inclusive Design, at the University of Reading, talking at International conferences and providing lectures and training events. 

Simone sits on the board of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and is part of the Government initiative to develop inclusive design in the education of property professionals.


Simone represents the RICS on inclusive design matters and is Chair of the Inclusive Design Working Group. Simone is a member of the British Standards drafting panel developing a new external standard for BS8300.


Core Curriculum

-Inclusive environments

-Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

-Design, construction and technology


Image credit © Design Engine Architects. West Downs Centre for University of Winchester by Design Engine Architects. Access Consultant: Simone West