University of Stirling contributes to global report on dementia-related building design

EXPERTS from the University of Stirling are playing a leading role in a global report into the progress of dementia-related building design.

Dr Alison Dawson, chief architect at the university; Lesley Palmer, architect and researcher; and Dr Martin Quirke feature in The World Alzheimer Report 2020: Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment.

The document looks at the best designs to date, best practice, and the leading innovators and entrepreneurs working across multiple environments including home/domestic settings, day and residential care, hospitals, and public buildings and spaces.

It also features a global perspective of dementia related design that takes a cross cultural approach, reflects regional and economic differences and low- middle- and high-income countries, and will consider urban versus rural settings.

The university said the report will look to benchmark against progress made in the physical disabilities movement and demands the same progress is now made in design solutions for people living with dementia – calling for responses to be included in national governments’ response to dementia.

The report features three articles authored by the Stirling experts:

  • Long term care and the coronavirus pandemic: a new role for environmental design in a changing context, by Dr Dawson
  • Environmental design education in a changing world, by Lesley Palmer
  • Citizen audits: Developing a participatory, place-based approach to dementia-enabling neighbourhoods, by Dr Quirke

Dr Dawson said, “The fact we have been given the opportunity to contribute is a clear indicator that the University of Stirling and the DSDC, are pre-eminent in their field and leading authorities on environmental design for dementia.”