Wendy Lovelace had always wanted to be an architect and her early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) soon after graduating caused her to think about architectural designs quite differently. In the ArchitectureAU article Wendy provides a personal account of her “housing career” and the impact that it’s had on other aspects of her life. The impact goes further than just being able to move around inside her home. It affects all aspects of her life. In talking about universal design she says, “Barrier-free access is important to everybody, not just those on wheels. People in wheelchairs are the most obvious but there are so many others who benefit.” The article provides good insights for designers and planners.
Wendy’s architecture practice focuses on access auditing, equity and inclusion. She started the Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAHUD) as a means of advocating for universal design in housing and to build support for mandating accessible features in all new homes.