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 Expert  728195

Expert in Building and Environmental Design in Relation to Disability and Ageing

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has more than forty years experience of designing buildings and environments to meet the needs of older people and those who have disabilities. His designs, several of which have won national awards, have been made in response to the needs of individuals, trusts, local and central government, as well as wider communities. His work often involves historic buildings and settings, such as St Paul's, and other Cathedrals, the National Maritime Museum, and the London Underground system . He acts as a government adviser, and consultant to numerous trusts and organizations. For ten years he was Adviser on disability and design to HRH the Prince of Wales. His work has been extensively published, and he is the author of five books on design, disability and the accessibility of the built environment. He is a regular lecturer at universities and medical schools in the UK and overseas, and has broadcast on both radio and TV. He is also an expert witness in the High Court on meeting the accommodation needs of disabled people

building (object)


building design


building inspection






disability accessibility


disability and employment


disability discrimination


Disability Discrimination Act


historic buildings




intellectual disability


learning disability




universal access


universal design





Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1999   MA   Architecture   DeMontfort University Leicester   Honoris
1979   BA   Social Sciences   Open University  
1965   Architectural Association Diploma   Architecture   Architectural Association School of Architecture  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1994 to 2010




Principal / Founder Partner


Sole Practitioner / Consultant Chartered Architect & Designer / Client Design Adviser / Accessibility Consultant / Lecturer / Author and Adviser

1972 to 1999


self / Expert Smart & Grimwade


Founder Partner


Practice Management, Design Policy and Project Design, Contract Administration, Marketing and Client Relations

1963 to 1972


Dennis E Pugh Associates




Some practice management, project design and contract administration

1961 to 1962


Cowper Poole Reynolds Towns




Career Accomplishments:

Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland, Architectural Association, Chartered Society of Designers, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Association of Building Engineers, National Register of Access Consultants, Royal Society of Arts



Professional Appointments

Expert Adviser H+CA, Expert Houisng an Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation, Commissioner: Commission on Disabled Staff in Lifelong Learning, Member of Council, City & Guilds, Member of Governing Board, National Register of Access Consultants, Former Chairman, Centre for Accessible Environments


MA Honoris Causa MBE

Publications and Patents Summary

He has five published book titles and drafted the Government design guidance on 'Disabled People in School Buildings' His book on Churches and Accessibility in now in its 3rd Edition.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Church House Publication  
 - Royal Institute of British Architects Publications  
 - TSO  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1985 to 1992   DoH   Committee set-up / Vice Chairman   Setting up and administering the new Access Committee for England for the Government
2006 to 2010   DoH/DC+LG   Board Member   Board Member of the National Register of Access Consultants ( Administered for Govt )
2009 to 2010   DC+LG   Adviser   Adviser to the Board of the Homes and Communities Agency on the needs of Older and Vulnerable People
2009 to 2010   Expert   Panel Member   Housing an Ageing Population : Panel for Innovation - reporting directly to Minister for Health and the Minister for Communities and Local Government

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Assessment of the accessibility of the London Underground system and a review of the measures needed to improve it, including a comprehensive review of the organization's design standards. Recommendations were made for the redrafting of the standards.
  • Review of the standards of accommodations and facilities of all five of the personal development centres of the Outward Bound Organization, with proposals for improved accessibility, upgrading and improvement, including the preparation of model designs for trainee facilities.
  • Review of the standards of the facilities and industrial premises of the Remploy organization, with over 10,000 employees, to assess their suitability for purpose and making recommendations for their rationalization and improvement.
  • Assessment of the accessibility of St Paul's Cathedral and associated buildings, together with preparation of a programme of improvements, including a lift serving all principal levels, accessible WCs, and visitor facilities.
  • Review of the facilities of Perkins Institute for the Blind, Boston, Mass, USA to consider their suitability as a base for the education and training of deaf-blind children and young people, including proposals for improvements and alterations.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert is an Architect who has also trained as an Arbitrator and as an Expert Witness. He has worked with more than 150 Law firms on the provision of expert evidence in relation to meeting the Claimant's housing or accommodation needs in Personal Injuries actions in the High Court and at Tribunals
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1989 to 1989   Norway   Training for members of the Norwegian State Deaf-Blind Team including the development of proposals for regional centres for young deaf-blind people
1991 to 1991   Italy   Review of facilities for deaf-blind children in Italy including site assessments, and evaluation of proposals by local architects, together with preparation of model design guidance
1992 to 1992   Canada   Review of training facilities and accommodation for deaf-blind young people and trainers, Ross MacDonald Institute, Brantford, Ontario
1994 to 1997   Denmark   Annual training courses for Nordic personnel working with deaf-blind children and young people based on Dronninglund Slot, Jutland
2004 to 2004   Switzerland - UN/WHO   review of drafts of proposals for international minimum standards for the design of sanitary facilities for disabled people

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Swedish   Moderate ability, including drawing interpretation ( as for Danish and Norwegian )
French   Moderate ability, including drawing interpretation

Market Research:
Expert is a qualified and registered Architect and RIBA Client Design Adviser. He is a member (No.004) of the National Register of Access Consultants. He has trained and qualified both as an Arbitrator and as an Expert Witness. He founded and was the first Chairman of the Herts and Beds Construction Industry Liaison Group. He is a former member of the RIBA Eastern Region Council.

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Additional Skills and Services:

Expert was Chairman of the Centre for Accessible Environments for nine years, and chaired numerous seminars on disability and design related topics during that time. In the 1970's he set up and ran two courses, each twice per year, at Castle Priory College, Wallingford, for Occupational Therapists, or Occupational Therapists and Architects on basic training in building construction and disability related design problems. The courses ran, over-subscribed, for more than twenty years. In consequence Expert was made an Honorary Member of the College of Occupational Therapists.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert originates the specification of his projects from specialist sources which he has built up over the years. As an Industrial Designer as well as an Architect he has engaged in product design, assessment, evaluation and testing for numerous specialist manufacturers.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is an Adviser to the Homes and Communities Agency on the needs of Older and Vulnerable People. He is a member of the Expert Panel of HAPPI - 'Housing an Ageing Population; Panel for Innovation', reoprting directly to Government. Expert is a member of the Council of Europe Committee (W84) on the co-ordination of regulations and standards in relation to the environmental needs of disabled people. For ten years Expert was Adviser on Design and Disability to HRH the Prince of Wales.


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