Australasian Housing Institute

Jane Bringolf

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Jane Bringolf is a passionate advocate for universal design. With a particular interest in universal design in housing, she completed a PhD study asking the question, “Why do we keep building homes as if we are never going to grow old?” Her background in community services spanning more than thirty years, mostly in the ageing and disability sectors underpins her understanding of how design can exclude, inconvenience and create barriers to accomplishing everyday activities.

Jane was Executive Director of the Independent Living Centre NSW, and more recently as Liveable Communities Project Manager with Council on the Ageing NSW.  As a founding director of Centre for Universal Design Australia, a registered charity, she wants to see a world where designers automatically consider the diversity of the population and create inclusive design in built environments, products, services, education and ICT. Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2004 to travel overseas to investigate organisations pursuing universal design, and accessible environments. Jane also holds a Bachelor of Social Science, and Masters of Business Administration.