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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
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David J Hughes

Retired Architect


Professional Bio

David joined what is now Pozzoni Architecture Limited in 1984 after 4 years experience in Local Authority and Private Practice. He was made a Partner in 1989, Senior Partner from 2007 to 2015 and Chairman from 2015 to 2018.  The 70-strong Practice remains based in Altrincham, South Manchester and in London and specialises in several sectors of the built environment especially social housing, older persons’ schemes, leisure centres, health, schools and universities. David steered this specialised Practice for the last 10 years prior to retiring in 2018. It became one of the largest and most well-respected architectural companies in the country. 
He has also been involved with various forms of housing for older people since qualifying in 1983 and driven the debate on appropriate design for dementia and alternative innovative solutions for residential design in recent years. This resulted in several innovative schemes designed by Pozzoni, some of which have been recognised with Awards including:
  • The 2008 Pinders / Caring Times National Care Award for best new ‘traditional’ Care Home in the UK; 
  • The Design & Health International Academy Award for ‘Best Elderly Care Project Worldwide’ in 2010;
  • The 'Best Design & Construction Company' Award at the Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards 2012;
  • The 2018 Pinders Award for Best Independent Living Scheme awarded to Village 135, an affordable senior living urban solution in Wythenshawe, Manchester;
  • The ‘Best Care Home Design’ Award at the Leaders in Care Awards 2019 awarded to Belong, Newcastle under Lyme.

Often quoted in the Care Press, David provides consultancy advice for Care Organisations and Registered Social Landlords throughout the UK. Several study tours to Western Europe, the United States and Australia have focused on buildings and other initiatives for older people.  In America, 5 cities in 5 days enabled a comprehensive study of multi-storey retirement villages – a concept attracting increasing interest in the UK and Europe. In Japan, he studied their approach to aged care design by visiting a number of schemes throughout the country. These visits included several schemes which incorporated various intergenerational solutions – a subject he is currently particularly interested in.

David co-authored a book published in 2012 called ‘Design for Aging – International Case Studies of Building and Program’.

He is passionate about learning from others’ experiences and innovation elsewhere in the world, particularly pertaining to the Aged Care Sector. His interests in Architecture have always extended beyond the particular sector of housing for older people, however, and Sports & Leisure, Social Housing, Commercial and Urban Design have all played large parts in my career.
As part of these other interests, he is also a Director of Townscape Design Initiatives – a small company providing specific townscape design advice in the architectural field based in Sevenoaks in Kent from 2017 to the present. David is also a Non-Executive Director for Open Solutions Limited. They are a private rented landlord and developer under the umbrella of the registered social landlord Halton Housing Trust based in Widnes, Cheshire.

David's Presentations

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21 September 2020 3:30 pm
Plenary Room
Design showcase, sponsored by Total Construction

21 September 2020 6:35 pm
Plenary Room
Care in a time of Covid, sponsored by Hospital Products Australia

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