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At ASSETS, The 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, we reported on the experiences of visually impaired users in navigating buildings. We focus on an investigation of the way-finding experiences by 10 participants with varying levels of visual ability, as they undertook a way-finding task in unfamiliar public building. Through applying the BITKit framework in this preliminary user study, we were able to uncover 54 enabling and disabling interactions within the building. While the public building used adhered to building legislation, our findings identified a number of problems including, issues associated with using doors, hazards caused by building finishes and difficulty in knowing what to do in the case of an emergency evacuation. This user study has demonstrated a disparity between design guidance and the accessibility needs of building users. It has uncovered evidence to enable architects to begin to design for the real needs of building users who have a range of visual impairment.

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May 20th, 2016

UNESCO City of Design Festival and ME

(Image Credit: http://www.dundeecityofdesign.com/) If you are in Dundee next Friday come along and hear my talk as part of the UNESCO […]

March 21st, 2016

Goldsmith: A Changemaker

As part of Parliament Week 2015 ( a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with […]

September 1st, 2015

Dementia Design School, Stirling.

I am excited to announce that I will be attending the Dementia Design School in Stirling in September for an […]

April 30th, 2015

The Selwyn Goldsmith Monograph

I was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Research Trust Award to write and research a monograph focused on a […]

April 24th, 2015

Research Panel Member: ‘Engaging the Public with Research’

As part of a Organisational and Professional Development (OPD) working lunch entitled ‘Engaging the Public with Research’ I was invited to be part […]

April 24th, 2015

Design for Wellbeing

Design for wellbeing: Innovative research methods for understanding older people’s everyday mobility. There is wide recognition that the design of […]

April 1st, 2015

Cafe Science: ‘Voices from Care Homes: Gathering evidence for better building design’

I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation about the work I am doing as part of BESiDE […]

March 27th, 2015

Presentation Preparation (and dealing with nerves).

I am currently writing away and designing my slides for my next talk (at Cafe Science) and have been searching […]

March 27th, 2015

My interview with Wave 102 about my Cafe Science Talk

‘Voices from Care Homes: Gathering evidence for better building design’ I was recently interviewed by a lovely reporter on  Wave 102 about […]

January 12th, 2015

Day Project: Drawing by a Sense of Touch

  Architects and designers are visual learners…. I think this is a huge understatement. I have found it to be […]