“We create spaces for all. Our comprehensive, human-centred approach to design upholds accessibility, wellness, and inclusion as essential components to create equitable, safe, and resilient built environments.” Jesse Klimitz, Director of Human Space
Since its formation in 1961, BDP has championed places for people. To this day, our commitment to wellbeing and inclusive, user-friendly environments remains steadfast, and we maintain that inclusive design and its process is fundamental to creating spaces for everyone. When we design, we consider the full range of human diversity, including the dynamic capabilities of the human body and mind, the components of social identity and individual expression.
Our expertise combines the specialist skills of our multidisciplinary designers and our dedicated consultancy, Human Space. Together, we recognise and respond to the multitude of individual experiences that impact our interactions with the built environment.
Our work supports variations in physical mobility, hearing, vision, strength, stature and cognition as well as factors beyond disability to embrace aspects of gender expression, race, place of origin, socioeconomic status and other considerations. At the heart of our projects, we aim to enable a complete spectrum of participation in all aspects of society.
Buttressing our commitment to inclusion, Human Space combines a global collaborative of experts dedicated to this cause. Our consultancy has successfully delivered more than 200 inclusive design projects over the past decade spanning healthcare, housing, workplace, hospitality, recreation, education, transportation and public realm.
Our consulting work is grounded in over 30 years of experience, with a team specialised to support your needs. Our accessibility, wellness and inclusion advisory services include:
To learn more visit humanspace.global.
Design for Inclusion - BDP.com
BDP – Designing Inclusive Places
Social Equity in the Built Environment report.pdf (bdp.com)
Our inclusive design consultancy, Human Space was hired in 2014 to overhaul the Town of Oakville’s existing guidelines, subsequently completing an update of the Standards in 2018.
The Teaching and Learning Building overlooks a new public space that restores the historic masterplan of the Edgbaston Campus.
Colindale Station is a step free access building that includes an enlarged ticket hall and ground floor commercial space.
Orange highlights and striking forms lead from the street through the lobby in this renovated commercial building that proposes adaptive reuse can re-engage the city and become an exemplar for universal access.
BDP was awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services to help ensure the safe and secure future of the Grade I listed Palace of Westminster.
Our competition-winning design for this important cultural project in Singapore, reimagines the popular Geylang Serai cultural belt into a modern, vibrant place for local people and visitors.
Axess Condominiums is a game-changing project in Pickering, Ontario, Canada that will set new standards for inclusive design in the residential market.
Landmark project that has changed the way the industry thinks about sustainable construction.
Jesse is a principal who collaborates with BDP’s leadership in steering the future direction and growth of the practice across North America.
Lorene strongly believes that the principles of inclusive design provide the basic foundation of good design for all.
Sue was appointed Chair for our North Region in 2019 and is responsible for guiding the strategy for our Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, and Liverpool studios. She is also our sector head for education in the north of England, having designed and delivered some of our most innovative and award winning education projects.
BDP has identified the potential for East New York to benefit from innovative "Meanwhile Use” interventions, in anticipation of construction related to the Interborough Express (IBX).
How can Meanwhile Use interventions deliver real social impact and support ESG objectives? We demonstrate how in our real-time regeneration study of East New York, in anticipation of construction related to the planned Interborough Express (IBX). Regeneration campaign.
The five trends to shape city design, including Urban Greening, inclusive working, healthy communities, future-fit neighbourhoods and energy needs.
Delivering universally accessible design, the Toronto Parapan American Games has left a lasting legacy for inclusivity at sports venues. Having aimed to create the most accessible games ever, our inclusive design consultancy, Human Space, worked with the Planning, Design and Compliance team on the Athlete’s Village and four of the new sports venues for the Canadian edition of the event.
Our inclusive design consultancy, Human Space, brings together a multidisciplinary panel of global experts to discuss how we can actively apply the fundamentals of inclusive design.
Human Space will use the Accessibility Standards Canada’s funding to create Heritage for All, a project that will research, propose and test new ideas aimed at developing accessible strategies for federally-owned heritage properties.
The past 18 months have been like no other – the unimaginable grips of COVID-19, social isolation and a fear of the unknown, the death of George Floyd sparking rage and a mass awakening to systemic racism around the world.
Wayfinding is the process of navigating from one place to another. In its schematic form, it is a string of decision-making points.