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Kirsty Bennett

Australia
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Kirsty Bennett is an architect with over 25 years of experience designing for people’s abilities.  She has pursued her commitment to improving the design of environments for older people through architectural practice, writing, research and speaking engagements.  Kirsty’s architectural career has focussed on designing small scale residential environments which are enabling and empowering.  She has been responsible for the design, documentation and construction of many residential aged care facilities for older people and people living with dementia in different parts of Australia. 

Over the years, Kirsty has spent much time with people living with dementia, their families, staff and managers of residential aged care facilities, seeking to understand the issues they face. Kirsty has undertaken a number of study tours in Australia, Europe, Japan and Canada, meeting with older people, staff and architects to explore design and management issues. 

Kirsty is the co-author of a number of environmental assessment tools, including the EAT, EAT-HC, EAT-DFC and the Indigenous EAT. She has written or co-authored a number of publications on designing for people with dementia, and has given guest lectures at Swinburne University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.  The Environmental Design Resources that she co-authored is the key resource for the new Aged Care Quality Standard 5.

Kirsty Bennett is a Consulting Architect, and Lead of Dementia Training Australia’s Designing for People with Dementia Service at Dementia Training Australia, University of Wollongong. She is also a co-founder of the Evoke Collective Australasia, which is committed to creating enabling environments for older people that support their way of life. Kirsty is currently enrolled in a PhD at Swinburne University exploring the topic: ‘What role does design have to play in encouraging and supporting older people in residential aged care to spend more time outdoors?’

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