Parlour Melbourne Winter Salon
Event Details
6:00 pm AEST Thursday 21/07/2022
Brickworks Design Studio Melbourne
Please join us for the 2022 Melbourne Winter Salon, with Ilianna Ginnis and Mary Ann Jackson

Parlour is thrilled to be back in Melbourne for another Seasonal Salon at the fabulous Brickworks showroom. We are very excited to welcome Ilianna Ginnis and Mary Ann Jackson to the stage for a lively conversation – two women with intimate knowledge and experience of accessible design.

After the conversation between Ilianna and Mary Ann it’s over to you – catch up with friends and colleagues, meet new people, build new networks and revive older ones. And simply enjoy the company of some of the great people of Melbourne architecture and the built environment, all over refreshments.

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Mary Ann Jackson Managing Director, Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd

A Built Environment Accessibility Specialist based in the private sector, with over 30 years experience, Mary Ann’s passions revolve around ‘Accessibility in the Built Environment’, particularly within the urban realm. Wider professional interests include: built environment sustainability, accessible reconstruction post-disaster, and equitable housing provision; several projects have been awarded local, national and international recognition in these fields.

Mary Ann has also designed and delivered many tertiary and professional education programmes, courses, intensives, seminars and workshops in architectural design, construction technology, sustainability, and built environment accessibility, as well as publishing peer-reviewed papers. A keen internationalist, and urban scholar with UN Global Compact Cities Programme, Mary Ann endeavours to develop exchange between Asia-Pacific, Australia and Latin America within the Built Environment and Disability Studies spheres.

Mary Ann’s ability to collaboratively work together with others, across multiple disciplinary boundaries, is evidenced by past and present membership of many organisations, committees, and boards.

Mary Ann is Managing Director of Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd, a transdisciplinary consultancy working across accessibility, research and architecture, and her PhD studies are further investigating ways of Assessing the Accessibility of the Existing Built Environment, focusing on the lived experience of people with disability.
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Ilianna Ginnis Interior Architect | Neurodiverse Designer | Disability Advocate | Ph.D. Candidate

Ilianna Ginnis is an Interior Architectural designer (Honours) and a current PhD Candidate within the Design Health Collab at Monash University, and a caregiver for persons with disability. Ilianna has experience within specialist schools as a caregiver and teacher’s assistant with many disability agencies, as well as personal lived experience as a sister.

As an emerging designer, Ilianna is passionate about engagement, participation and the response we have to architecture and the interior, using a fusion of visual receptivity and useful purpose, both in the tangible and intangible sense. Ilianna prides herself on designing with consciousness, creating interventions that extend the ordinary intentions of architecture, multi-disciplinary as well as sensory design for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, focusing on communication, specifically behavioural and non-verbal, to stimulate design processes.

Currently, she is establishing interest in the field of empathetic architecture, architecture that aims to understand the need for diversity and functionality. Her aim is to achieve this through the exploration of the interior and exterior architecture, urbanism and policy with a fundamental focus on intellectual and neurodevelopmental disability.

Her current PhD speculates on how design processes begin to consider persons with severe and profound intellectual disability and non-verbal communication, allowing designers to integrate users into complex processes as narrators of their own experience, as well as enabling representation within the design, eliminating possible marginalisation, offering agency to persons with intellectual disability.
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