VP Amy Francis-Smith named as Disability Power 100 2020
Vice-President, Amy Francis-Smith, was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at an online event on Wednesday 21 October!
The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. More than 300 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power List 100 is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell. Baroness Campbell was number one in the 2019 Power 100 and has fought for equal rights for disabled people for as long as she can remember – from challenging special school segregation as a child, to public demonstrating and arrests, and now advocates for disabled people in the House of Lords.
Amy is an Architectural Designer for Pinnegar Hayward Design, a Part 3 candidate at BCU 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 2020 she was shortlisted from 64,000 for the National Diversity Award Positive Disability Role Model, as a UK Construction Week Role Model and was also named as one of Birmingham Live’s 30 under 30 in 2019.
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.