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Room for Everyone: Designing for Inclusivity


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How can inclusive design right past wrongs and create more welcoming public spaces in the future? Examine the vital role of design in creating a more inclusive society at this Melbourne Design Week panel.

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Join an informative and exploratory discussion as a panel of design experts examine the crucial role of design in breaking down barriers to social inclusion.

This Melbourne Design Week panel brings together Honeycomb Access & Design Director Jenna Cohen, an architect devoted to designing accessible spaces and providing accessibility guidance to the building sector; Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design, which advocates for audiences that are often overlooked in the design process; and Simona Castricum, a multi-disciplinary creative and academic whose work explores queer and trans intersections in architecture, music, the public realm and civic life.

Together with host Jess Lilley, Triple R broadcaster and co-founder of The Open Arms, they will discuss the principles of inclusive design and why it is essential to an equitable society, looking beyond the practical and into the broader cultural and socio-political implications of design in our public spaces.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2023, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


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Manisha Amin

Manisha Amin is the chief strategist and visionary at Centre for Inclusive Design. With a background in strategic marketing, communication, transforming cultures and creativity she is a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. Manisha has a unique talent for seeing beyond the horizon t... Read more

Simona Castricum

Simona Castricum is a multidisciplinary creative and academic working in music and architecture on Wurundjeri land of Kulin Nation. Simona is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and is a musician and producer. Simona’s speculat... Read more

Jenna Cohen

Jenna Cohen is registered as an accredited Access Consultant under the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA) and has over 10 years of experience. Jenna is passionate about designing an inclusive world for all people, a passion cultivated during Jenna’s time as the Founder and Chief... Read more

Jess Lilley

Jess Lilley is a writer, broadcaster and creative director with a focus on community and social change projects. Her creative career has taken her to Toronto and London before she co-founded The Open Arms in Melbourne, a purpose-driven creative company harnessing the twin powers of empathy and crea... Read more


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