Phillip Thompson is an architect who has broad experience in property development in Southern Africa and America. He was involved in an aircraft accident in 1989 which resulted in T12/L1 paraplegia. He is passionate about accessibility and has served on many boards at the highest level to promote this. He is one of the principal members of the IDC group offering a range of services including social upliftment and development, architecture, universal design and universal access. Clients of IDC include ACSA and many universities and public transport entities, SANParks and most major hotel chains in South Africa. He is currently a member of the Global Alliance for Accessibility Technology and Environments (GAATES). He is also a member of the National Building Regulations Technical Committees, informing the review and revisions to the South African National Building Regulations and undertakes work with the global consulting consortium Universal Design Associates (UDA) in the Middle East and Asia.