UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Jean Hewitt

Honorary Associate Professor

Jean Hewitt

Jean completed an MSc in Facility and Environment Management at UCL in 2000 before completing an MSc in Inclusive Environments: Design and Management with the University of Reading.  She has been an accredited consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants since 2003 and is a member of their management 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. She is an Associate at Buro Happold, an international, multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting organisation and is a senior member of their inclusive design team.

Jean is an active member of the British Standards B559 Committee which is responsible for the BS8300 Codes of Practice on accessible and inclusive buildings and external environments, representing the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and several sensory charities. She maintains a keen interest in sensory access and mental health and wellbeing and is technical author for BSI’s PAS 6463 “Design for the Mind -  Neurodiversity and the Built Environment”. She was named as one of the “Top 50 Women in Engineering” in 2021 and in 2022 Jean was appointed in a new voluntary role as the UK Government’s Disability and Access Ambassador for the Built Environment.

Jean has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has undertaken applied research and she has spent over 20 years specialising in accessible and inclusive environments, delivering consultancy and advisory services and training for client organisations, leading on stakeholder engagement 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.