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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference

A First Principles Approach to Designing Enabling Environments

Presentation Description

In a recent interview, Eva Franch I Gilabert - the former director of the Architectural Association - referred to architecture as "one of the only disciplines that has the privilege and responsibility to bring all the spheres of society together." In the present age, architecture has evolved from the desire to meet the basic need for shelter into a transformative mechanism with a sense of agency. It invites consideration for the vulnerable and the improvement of their wellbeing whilst still addressing fundamental principles of design. 
This presentation consists of a discussion on the thought process of an architect when considering how environments can be designed from a first principles approach to enable the user. With the recent alignment of several architectural practices under one banner, the four architects in conversation each have varied expertise and unique perspectives to contribute to the conversation. Facilitated by Bruce Forrester, the panel members include Andrew Masters (Managing Director at Bickerton Masters, expertise in dementia care), Leo Campbell (formerly Campbell Luscombe Architects, expertise in aged care and retirement living) and Rich Austin (formerly Hede Architects, expertise in accommodation for people who are homeless, and schools for children with special needs). 
As spacemakers and advocates, each of these members recognise architecture's part to play in enabling, supporting and creating wellness within the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age) - whether in education, aged care, health or beyond. 

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