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Jos Boys Thea Chamber McMillan

A joint lecture from Jos Boys and Thea Chamber McMillan focsuing on EDI wthin the field of architecture

Changing the way we think, talk and ‘do’ disability in architecture - Jos Boys

Disability as a concept and disabled people as a diverse constituency are still treated as an afterthought in architecture; with access centred on functional ‘add-ons’ at the end of the process, after designs have already been produced for ‘normal’ people. In this talk I explore how we can reimagine disability, access, inclusion in much richer and enjoyable ways that go beyond compliance, by opening up alternative languages and practices for designers. 

Jos Boys is co-founder and co-director, with Zoe Partington, of UK-based The DisOrdinary Architecture Project which brings disabled artists into built environment education and practice to critically and creatively re-think access and inclusion. With a background in architecture, she has also been a journalist, researcher, consultant, educator and photographer; and has published several books, including Doing Disability Differently: an alternative handbook on architecture, dis/ability, and designing for everyday life (Routledge 2014) and Disability, Space, Architecture: A Reader (Routledge 2017) and co-editor with Anthony Clarke and John Gardner of Neurodivergence and Architecture (Elsevier 2022).