Mary Ann Jackson

Urban Scholar

  • Lived Experience of the ‘travel chain’
  • Built Environment Accessibility
  • Urban Realm Accessibility Assessment

An Architect, Planner and Access Consultant based in the private sector, and 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 presenting peer-reviewed, published papers at several national and international conferences.

A keen internationalist, Mary Ann devotes considerable energy to developing exchange between Asia-Pacific, Australia and Latin America within the Built Environment and Disability Studies spheres, in the quest of improving accessibility in the built environment for people with disability. She has also assisted the Victorian government with Construction and Related Industries Trade Missions to Latin America and SE Asia. Mary Ann’s ability to collaboratively work together with others, across multiple disciplinary boundaries, is further evidenced by past and present membership of many organisations, committees, and boards.

Holding degrees in Architecture and Applied Science (Built Environment) and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning, Mary Ann has also completed a Master of Environment, majoring in ‘Accessibility in the Built Environment’. Her current PhD studies are further investigating ways of Assessing the Accessibility of the Existing Built Environment, focusing on the lived experience of people with disability.

With an extensive history of delivering high-quality services on time and within budget, Mary Ann is Managing Director of Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd, a transdisciplinary consultancy working across accessibility, research and architecture.