Inter Prof Deafness Event
North West Novus partnered with young construction professional groups in the north west; CIBSE, UDG, NWYP to hold an unusual and interesting CPD event on deafness in the built environment at Turley Associates, Manchester.
This little understood topic was explored via a lecture by Martin Glover (DipArch DipUD ARB). Martin is a practicing deaf architect with at least a decade of experience in architects’ practices mostly working on public sector projects. He also has a strong engagement with his peers, the Deaf Community, on varying volunteer roles including a school stint where he and Oak Lodge School for the Deaf won Winner of the Architecture in Schools Awards 2011.
Following an introduction to deafness myths, the different degrees of deafness and effective communication, Martin was able to offer a different perspective on building design, with thought provoking common issues that deaf people experience daily. It was apparent that solutions to these issues not only benefitted the hard of hearing but also improved the built environment generally for all users. Although design guidance and codes are limited some buildings are providing precedents, the group explored a case study of a purpose built deaf space in Holland.
A workshop followed the lecture to allow attendees to put their new knowledge into practice, improving a local rail station for deaf accessibility and strategy implementation for a deaf ‘festival’ in Piccadilly Gardens.
This inter-professional event with engineers, urban designers and architects provided opportunity to interact with different professions in a professional capacity.
Martin’s LinkedIn profile can be found at http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/martin-glover/20/459/270
Hannah Spotwood - NW Novus Chair
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