Useful resources and organisations promoting equality and justice in design

Organisations and networks 

  • National Innovation Centre for Ageing – working with businesses to harness opportunities for longevity economies 
  • Black Female Architects – network and enterprise founded to increase the visibility of black and black mixed heritage females within architectural industry and other built environment fields 
  • Muslim Women in Architecture – unpacking narratives and perspectives of Muslim Women and the Female experience of Architecture 
  • Urbanistas – global network & local chapters amplifying the voices of women to make cities better for everyone 
  • United in Design – mentoring for designers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds looking to enter into interior design  
  • Mentor Black Businesses – mentoring for Black-led SMEs 
  • Rainbow Places – cross-industry LGBT+ allies networking group for the built & natural environment 
  • Global Disability Innovation Hub – research and practice centre driving disability innovation for a fairer world 
  • Blueprint for All (formerly Stephen Lawrence Trust) – work with disadvantaged young people and communities, providing tangible opportunities and support that enables them to thrive 
  • Design Justice Network – international community of people and organisations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they centre people who are too often marginalised by design 
  • Punt 6 – rethinking spaces from everyday lives experiences and for a feminist transformation 
  • Black Land & Spatial Justice – fund to redistribute resources, including finance and knowledge, engaging in decolonial frameworks and collective organising to redefine our relationships to land and space 
  • Rooted by Design – design studio with a focus on reimagining abundant and inclusive futures in which Black communities flourish 
  • Decolonising Space/Making – collective research group and think tank created to respond to concerns around social, environmental and spatial injustices in the built environment 



Support for organisational diversity 

Our experts specialising in inclusive design 

(All Design Council experts have been recruited on the basis that they work inclusively, but the following are particular specialists): 

  • Dr Hannah Barham-Brown – Disability and gender equity advocate and the first visibly disabled deputy leader of a UK political party, the Women’s Equality Party. 
  • Bridget Snaith –  Bridget has been a partner at Shape Landscape Architecture since 2005. Shape ’s project work is focussed on spaces for people, developing designs for play, sociability, health, inclusion and active travel, with community, public and third sector organisations. 
  • Dr Teri Okoro –  founder of London based TOCA is unique – practicing Architect, Access Consultant and chartered project professional with Bartlett qualifications in Urban Development Planning and a passion for sustainability and inclusion.  
  • Tim Gill from Rethinking Childhood – an independent scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood. 
  • Darryl Smith – an inclusion champion. With over 30 years’ experience as an access and inclusion manager he is an advocate of partnership working that delivers inclusive outcomes. 
  • Sanaa Shaikh from Native Studio LTD Associates – an architect, educator and activist with a passion for inclusion in the built environment. 
  • Dr Deb Upadhyaya –   advocate of sustainable urbanism, delivery of quality places and value creation through collaboration/ design led innovation. Deb champions inclusion and diversity as the fundamental building blocks of delivering resilient built environments. 
  • David Drobkin – co-author of the Metric Handbook chapter on access and inclusion, David also contributed to the ODA’s and LLDC’s Inclusive Design Standards. 
  • Philippa Jackson – Pip joined University College London in April 2019 as their inaugural Access and Inclusion Manager. 
  • Fara Muneer –  Head of the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE), a leading authority on inclusive design and management of the built environment. 
  • Jane Simpson – chartered architect and registered access consultant on the National Register of Access Consultants. 
  • Natasha Trotman –  equality designer and researcher whose work focuses on mental difference as a way to foster new conversations and approaches to the world around us. 
  • Jacqueline Bleicher – founder of Global Urban Design C.I.C., a community focussed urban design and placemaking consultancy social enterprise. 
  • Dr. Makayla Lewis – Makayla has a PhD in human-computer interaction from City University London. Her key interests are human-computer interaction, user experience, accessibility, co-design, human factors in cyber security, artificial intelligence and blockchain, and sketching in HCI and UX. 
  • Deborah Szebecko – founded thinkpublic in 2004 after volunteering at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where she spotted the opportunity to use design to improve the patient experience and healthcare services.   
  • Umesh Pandya –  designer driven by using design and technology to solve problems that matter. In 2015 while working at ustwo, he co-founded Wayfindr, a multi-award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision-impaired people to navigate the world independently. 
  • Megha Wadhawa – a service design consultant, who has worked with a number of private, public and third party sector organisations. Megha’s work looks to support changes for an inclusive society, with a sustainable way of living for a more equitable future.