Architect (Ar.) Joseph Kwan MH

Ar. Joseph Kwan MH

Ar. Joseph Kwan MH

JOSEPH KWAN, Medal of Honour (MH)

Dip. Arch. (QIT), M. Sc. (Surrey)


Director UIA Region IV Work Programme “Architecture for All” (1999-2011, 2014- )

Global Chair International Commission on Technology & Accessibility (ICTA), RI (2006-16)

Chair ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (2012-14)

Founder & Director UDA Consultants Ltd. Consultants in Universal Design & Accessibility (2005- )


Joseph Kwan is an Architect and Accessibility Consultant with more than 36 years of experience in architectural practice having worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and now 28 years in Hong Kong. He specializes in universal design and access to the built environment, transportation and inclusive tourism.

He was a Consultant to the United Nations – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) on Non-Handicapping Environments for People with Disabilities, and also their Expert/Resource Person on Barrier-Free Tourism in Asia and the Pacific.

He is currently the Global Chair of ICTA, Rehabilitation International; and the Chair of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council of Asia) Committee on Social Responsibility. He has been the Director of the International Union of Architects (UIA), Work Program on “Architecture and the Disabled”.

He participated in the ISO (International Standards Organization) Working Group on the drafting of the Standard on “Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment” 2011, and also participated as a Member of the International Steering Committee for TRANSED (International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons) since 2001.

He is a Member of the Hong Kong Government’s Rehabilitation Advisory Committee – Sub-Committee on Access since 1988 and a Member of the Working Group on Access of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Hong Kong.