UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Jean Hewitt

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Jean Hewitt

Jean completed an MSc in Facility and Environment Management at UCL in 2000 and subsequently become a Chartered surveyor.  Afterwards, she completed an MSc in Inclusive Environments: Design and Management with the University of Reading and became an accredited consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants and is now a member of their advisory group. She is a member of the Institute for Fire Prevention Officers and a technical member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

Jean has now specialised in accessible and inclusive environments for nearly 20 years,  delivering consultancy, training, undertaking applied research and producing guidance publications.  She has experience of a wide range of buildings and outdoor environments throughout the UK and overseas, from iconic landmarks and public buildings to small retail outlets and museums.  She has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has undertaken applied research, alongside delivering consultancy and training projects and producing guidance publications.  Her work experience includes being  an access adviser at the City of London Corporation and the role of Director at the Centre for Accessible Environments before joining BuroHappold Engineering in 2018 as a Senior Inclusive Design Consultant.  
Jean is an active member of the British Standards Committee which is responsible for the UK Codes of Practice on the design of accessible and inclusive buildings and external environments.  She is a board member for the Built Environment Professional Education (BEPE) project run by the Construction Industry Council as well as being an active member of the Access Association and the Inclusive Hotels Network and has a keen interest in sensory access and mental health and wellbeing in the built environment. 
Jean works regularly with Sport England and the Activity Alliance and contributes to their guidance, she is also the author of  a Good Practice Guide for Access and Inclusion for the Facilities Management sector.
Research initiatives include programmes for the Learning and Skills Development Agency on access to further educational facilities, assisted fire evacuation on stairways, Sensory access in Higher Education, and swimming pool access on behalf of Sport England.