"Access is people and people are places"

It is important to understand that the built environment has a fundamental affect upon people’s lives. The Paralympics highlighted the aspirations of inclusion for all. There are both legislative and economic reasons for providing an inclusive environment.

JSA believe that it is crucial to provide an environment ensuring that all people, no matter their age, physical or cognitive ability, race or gender, can access equally.

All too often photos of buildings have no people in them and therefore people become secondary to the architecture. ‘The Golden Section’, perfect man does not exist. Understanding the diversity of people is essential to providing accessible design. As an architect I regard this as an imperative, that access is part of the whole process from briefing to operation.