Adam Thomas is acknowledged as a world leader in accessible kitchen design, with an established reputation for innovative solutions that set the standard in his field.
Through years of personal experience and research Adam’s inclusive kitchen designs are transforming homes across the country. His ambition is to change the face of accessible kitchen design, enabling ‘access for all’ by designing flexible, high quality kitchens that solve the problems no one else will tackle. He works very closely with his private clients and as an advocate with stakeholders such as Case Managers, Architects, Personal Injury Solicitors and Occupational Therapists to develop unique, tailored kitchen solutions that allow people to live independently, in safe surroundings with significantly improved quality of life.
Adam is a specialist consultant to a number of ground-breaking initiatives working towards disability equality in housing, and lectures and writes for newspapers and magazines. He is a regular speaker at Naidex CPD seminars, provides tailored training for small groups of professionals and also works as an Expert Witness.
Notable achievements to date include:
- Co-author, Wheelchair Housing Guide 2016 – Joint Project: Habinteg & Centre for the Accessible Environment
- Winner, KBSA Accessible/Inclusive Designer of the Year Award, 2015
- Selected as one of Britain’s most influential disabled people in the Power 100 List 2015
- Named as one of the top ten influencers for ‘access and equality’ in the 2014 Disability Influence list
- Speaker at ‘Homes for Living’, the Housing Standard Review – Habinteg 2013
- Head consultant for accessible kitchens at the Olympic Village legacy project 2013
- Head consultant for accessible kitchens at the Olympic Village 2012
- Regular speaker at the Naidex CPD Seminar Theatre, Birmingham
- Member of Lifetime Homes Review 2010 run by the department of Communities and Local Government
- Member of the technical advisory group (TAG) for Lifetime Homes 2009
- BSI Committee Member
- Designer, Naidex Future Lifestyles House 2008
- Winner of the inaugural ‘Designer Award for Accessible Kitchens 2006’, KBB Review Industry Awards
- Co-author of NHF ‘Standards and Quality in Development: ‘A Good Practice Guide’
- Co-author of LDA’s ‘Private Sector Wheelchair Housing Design Guide’ for the Mayor of London’s Housing Strategy
- Lobbyist for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Over 30 years’ personal experience of disability
- Designing kitchens since 1980