About

I’m an architect with a passion for inclusive design and sustainability.

I’m just beginning to get back into the swing of practicing now that my children are both at school.

I have worked in London (ECD Architects & JCMT Architects (now TM Architects), Cambridge (AC Architects) and Glasgow (John Gilbert Architects). My background is in housing design and refurbishment, from house alterations and extensions to new build housing developments and estate regeneration projects, community buildings & mixed use developments.

A black and white picture of Vaila

I am also a mum and carer to a gorgeous girl with learning and developmental disabilities (attributed to a rare genetic condition (read more here), a minecraft obsessed boy and two pointy dogs.

Becoming of a child with physical and sensory access needs has given me a new perspective on the need for thoughtful accessible design, and made me more aware of gaps in the process and failures in design.

As designers we have a crucial role to play in producing places and spaces which will welcome people of all needs and give greater emphasis on the consideration of future uses and needs.  This approach seems to be particularly lacking in housing design and refurbishment.   

We all have differing needs throughout our lives – particularly in old age – so shouldn’t we be designing for that flexibility in our homes from the start of a project or whenever we make significant modifications?

We have an enormous way to go to make our spaces and places truly accessible and the very fact that we have to differentiate ‘accessible design’ and ‘inclusive design’ from simply ‘design’ means that the issue of inclusion is not a given.

Redesigning our own home through the ‘disabled adaptations’ process prompted me to start this website to share our experience and gather ideas along the way…..

If you have any questions, or want to share any ideas on inclusive spaces or products that I could feature, please do get in touch by email at:

theinclusivehome@gmail.com

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