Introducing Birmingham Architectural Association Past Vice President, Amy Francis-Smith.
Amy Francis-Smith is an Architect for Pinnegar Hayward Design, an Access Consultant and a passionate advocate for Inclusive Design. With her work and research focused on providing decent housing and accommodations across the Built Environment for those with a spectrum of disabilities.
In 2021 she was named as the RIBAJ’s Rising Stars, Archiboo Activist Award Winner, a Design Council Expert and joined the Design Midlands panel review. She was shortlisted from 64,000 for the National Diversity Award Positive Disability Role Model, featured in the Architects’ Journal, on the Shaw Trust’s 2020 & 2021 Power 100 list alongside the UK’s top most influential Disabled people in the UK and as a UK Construction Week Role Model.
She was also named as one of Birmingham Live’s 2019 30 under 30 and invited to become an ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society, whom the BAA have been supporting closely as a result.
Campaigning for legislative change, she gives talks to educate students and professionals of their social responsibility, sits on Habinteg’s advisory board (an accessible housing association) lobbying government to improve the Building Regulations and has had numerous articles published. She also helped run a pilot course at The Bartlett bringing blind and visually impaired students into Architectural education.
Having already been an active committee member for several years, she is looking forward to the next era of the organisation in her role as Vice-President. Building on the success of the 2017 re-launch, Amy hopes to shine a light on a whole variety of interests across Architecture & Construction; such as Social Inclusion, Diversity, Business, Sustainability, Heritage, Wellbeing and cross sector collaborations in the city.