Naziaty Mohd Yaacob was born in a Malaysia in 1962. As a young adult she was trained in Malaysia and England to be an architect. She decided however that her heart was in academia. She is associate professor of architecture at the Department of Architecture, Universiti Malaya, where she works since 1997. Dr Naziaty obtained her doctorate in 2009 from the University of Salford. Her PhD thesis is titled Accessibility to Historic and Listed Public Buildings: Development Control Processes in England and Wales. Apart from her academic role, she is well-known amongst disability activists in Malaysia as she became involved in advocacy work since 1998. Her contributions to disability & accessibility advocacy in Malaysia are tremendous. She was a national council members for the Persons With Disability Act 2008 for the first two terms, 2008-2012. She also devotes her time and energy in providing advice, consultations, fieldwork and research on access audits of public and private buildings and sites. Naziaty shares her wealth of knowledge and experience via her letters, blogs and articles. In 2015 she set up ZaSve, a business start-up to promote services and products that are borne out of universal design process.