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WINNER! Architeam Awards 2018

With an entry in the Contribution and Innovation category, Visionary Design Development has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Architeam Awards for ‘Accessibility in the Built Environment.

WINNER – Architeam Awards 2018
Contribution & Innovation Category


Visionary Design Development (VDD) advocates for accessibility in the built environment in three core areas – developing and piloting the Universal Mobility Index, advocacy through a broad range of committees and networks at local, regional and international scales, and mentoring through transdisciplinary research undertaken through the VDD Studio. This admirable and essential work expands our understanding of architecture and the roles that architects might play in advocating for others. It draws attention to aspects of the built environment that many architects often look past and encourages the built environment professions and the community to improve aaccessibility for all. Beyond this, VDD is developing tools and processes to assist others to take action. VDD’s advocacy extends well beyond the role of the disability consultant within a design team. VDD is creating their own mandate – to provide better community outcomes and accessibility for all.

Founded in 1991 ArchiTeam Cooperative is a membership association for Australian architects working in small, medium and emerging practices.

ArchiTeam is democratically run by members, for members. Every member is encouraged to play an active part in shaping our organisation. With over 600+ members, we are the leading dedicated voice of Australia’s small architectural practices.

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