Selwyn Goldsmith Award Panel

The seven member panel includes Selwyn’s wife Becky Goldsmith along with leading representatives from a large range of different user representative groups and organisations including the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE), the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), Hearing Link, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the National Register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design has been developed by the Civic Trust Awards and as part of the standard application process, our universal design assessment criteria has been reinforced and all entries (internationally) are judged for the Selwyn Goldsmith Award.

A shortlist of projects are taken forward to the Selwyn Goldsmith judging panel each year, which comprised the following universal design specialists:

Simon Turton (Chair)

Simon is a Director at Aperis Building Consultancy, a Chartered Building Surveyor and has been involved in Access Consultancy for the last 14 years. His experience comes from a wide variety of differing Client Sectors covering new and existing buildings.  He is the current Chair of Management Board of The National Register of Access Consultants and he regularly sits on their interview panel for new members.  Simon has provided CPD seminars to a variety of organisations and has spoken at national exhibition events, promoting Universal Design and Disability Awareness.   Through his role at the NRAC, he has also been involved in the lobbying of Government to promote the role and value of Access Consultancy.  He provides consultancy advice on many areas, including Disability Policies and legislation, with advice on the reasonableness of implementing works related to access improvements.  Advice on the application of best practice is provided for the design of new buildings and its interpretation in relation to existing environments.

Becky Goldsmith

Marriage to Selwyn Goldsmith in 1989 brought Becky into his world of access provision. His hemiplaegia entrained a profound and broad education in the logistics of safely negotiating built and exterior environments. His ambulant and wheelchair-using disability was central to their life together. As his philosophy moved from 'for the disabled' in 1963 through the new architectural paradigm in 1997 to 'universal design' in his final book in 2000 and Becky wholeheartedly endorsed this progression, assisting Selwyn in writing the last two books. Becky and all of Selwyn's family wish to express their gratitude to the Civic Trust Awards for establishing the Award and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for their continued sponsorship of the scheme, thus ensuring that Selwyn will be immortalised through his work.

Iain McKinnon

Iain provides the client side lead on all aspects of accessibility and inclusive design for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) – the organisation responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) and sponsor of this year’s Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design.  His role is to ensure that everything delivered by LLDC, from buildings to live events, is accessible for all end users including disabled people, older people and people from diverse faith groups. Iain has a passion for good design that improves people’s lives, is a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants and previously ran his own access consultancy.  

Jane Simpson

Jane is Director of Jane Simpson Access Ltd is an Architect and a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). Throughout her career Jane has developed a broad range of expertise, working within a local authority background, private practice and planning department and has over two decades of experience in inclusion. She sits on the NRAC advisory group, a Built Environment Expert Design Council Cabe, is the RIBA’s Specialist Practice Advisor on inclusion, representing the RIBA on the BS8300, UIA Architecture for All group Western Europe region 1, Regulations & Standards and CPD committees. She has acted as an Inclusion Design Assessor for the Civic Trust Awards for several years.  She provides advice on a broad range of issues, often clarifying complex aspects of the Equality Act 2010, the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 and other statutory and legislative information.

Michelle Horn

Michelle is an inclusive Environments specialist with the Centre for Accessible Environments, a leading authority on inclusive design and management.   Michelle has specialised in accessibility and inclusive design for over 15 years, from the start of her architectural career at Penton Smart and Grimwade architects and then moving into Local Authority Building Control as Camden’s access officer. Michelle has worked on a wide range of building types and has significant experience working on listed buildings and regeneration schemes.  She often represents CAE on the BS8300 committees and has been an active member of the London Region of the Access Association. Michelle is passionate about high quality design and is currently developing CAEs range of training programmes, including practical workshops on the new housing standards.

David Dropkin FRSA

As a practitioner with an interest in access, inclusion and user-centric design for over 20 years, David’s specialism is delivering strategic consultancy to masterplanning and architectural teams, providing a range of services across business sectors for new and existing developments, including design appraisal, technical guidance, access strategy and policy in the UK, Eire and Middle East. He has a keen interest in challenging perceptions about disability and believes in delivering projects that embrace seamless provision for disabled and non-disabled people alike.David is a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert, a Consultant Member of the National Register of Access Consultants, a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California.  He is co-author of the Metric Handbook chapter on access and inclusion, was a contributor to the Olympic Delivery Authority Inclusive Design Standards and part of the working party to revise the London Plan SPG ‘Accessible London’. He sat on the 2016 RSA Student Design Awards ‘Inclusive Cities’ judging panel and supports the Civic Trust as a universal design assessor.

Rachel Glenny

Rachel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1970, and went on to complete an MSc in Pain at Kings College London in 2003/4.  She first became interested in design for special needs in her work with Social Services when the concept of Inclusive design was in its infancy. She was able to further this interest over 20 years whilst writing Rehabilitation Cost Reports for the Courts, identifying the additional needs of people who had suffered trauma and loss of function as a result of accidents. She worked in private practise where she became involved with Housing Associations, Care Homes and  Architects advising on special equipment and design, usually  for individual needs.  She has been an Inclusive Design Assessor for the Civic Trust since 2010.