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Ann020 74834800
Vin07950 703 793




Ann Sawyer

Ann Sawyer

020 7483 4800
07812 915386

Ann is an architect and access consultant. She has been involved in inclusive design for many years and was Head of Consultancy at the Centre for Accessible Environments before launching Access=Design with Vin Goodwin.

She has worked on a wide variety of projects including many education and historic buildings and has extensive experience covering design, audit and management of accessible built environments, strategic access planning and project brief preparation, and staff training in access, inclusive design and disability issues. She has worked with the design team on major development projects including new buildings for Imperial College, the new Brent Civic Centre and various residential schemes.

She has taught on the MA in Inclusive Environments at the University of Reading and was course leader on the post-graduate course in Access Auditing run by CAE in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth. She provides in-house training and CPD sessions for architects and others. She is also the author of the well respected book The Access Manual.

Ann is a member of the South East Regional Design Review Panel and is a design surgeon for Urban Design London.


The Access Manual - Jan 2004, Blackwell (3rd edition due 2013)
Access and Inclusion: a management guide Croner 2005 (update and revisions)
Keeping up with the Past making historic building accessible to everyone, video, CAE 1997
Designing for Accessibility CAE 1996 revision
Access by Design, implementing the DDA, video, CAE 1996
Reading and Using Plans CAE 1994
Automatic Door Controls CAE 1995

Articles published in Architects' Journal, Design Week, Access by Design, Library Management.


Civic Trust Commendation 2010 - The Dennis Sciama Building, University of Portsmouth.
Civic Trust Commendation 2012 - Watts Gallery, Guildford.

Vin Goodwin

Vin Goodwin

07950 703793

After gaining a BSc in architecture from the University of Wales in 1989 and working in a number of architectural practices, Vin specialised in the area of access and inclusion in 1997 working for the charity Centre for Accessible Environments. He then gained experience in the commercial sector before launching Access=Design with Ann Sawyer in 2001.

Vin has broad experience from working on a variety of schemes ranging from small scale community projects such as those funded by the City Bridge Trust to large high profile schemes such as Wembley Stadium, National Assembly for Wales and the London Olympic Aquatics Centre. The wide range of his work includes access audits, access appraisals of new-build or refurbishment schemes plus access consultancy throughout design and construction stages.

Vin has a particular interest in training, believing that the best way to create truly inclusive environments is to encourage everyone to gain an understanding and knowledge of the issues and barriers many people face while still enabling designers to create beautiful, well-designed environments.


Specifiers Handbook 4 - Internal floor finishes CAE
Designing for Accessibility CAE 2000 and Good Loo Design Guide CAE 2004 drawings and technical advice
Accessible Toilet Resource UCL 2008 drawings and contributor
Access Audits: a tool for businesses DVD CAE 2003 contributor

Articles published in Access by Design, Architects' Journal (AJ Focus), Museums in Britain.


Civic Trust Award 2008 - National Assembly for Wales.
Civic Trust Award 2009 - Maggie's Centre, London.