I have a unique combination of training and experience in design and health care.A central consideration in my work is the impact of the environment on human behaviour . My research is exploring the impact of visual stimuli on people living with dementia. Working title: Can the ability to retain aesthetic preferences support identity for people living with dementia? - on a funded studentship at Lab4Living as part of the 100 Year Life and the Future Home.
My professional experience as an occupational therapist in housing has convinced me that the negative impact of environments that have a clinical or instituional appearance cannot be overestimated. I have an MA in Inclusive Design and delivered the Disability and Society module on the masters programme at London Metropolitan University. I have used my combined experience to develop a specialism as an inclusive design consultant in housing over the past 15 years.
My approach is to work with disabled and older people to learn from their lived experience, and with architects and designers, to find the best solutions. My aim is to address the barriers within the environment experienced by people with physical, sensory, cognitive and neurodiverse impairments. In 2014 I was invited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy to act as an expert spokesperson on older peoples housing.
In 2010 I completed a BA (1st Class Hons) in 3D Design and a Santander Award for Excellence and Achievement in Design. My design research project Change your view: proposed strategies to cope with the stressful effects of overstimulation in the urban environment: too much information, too much noise, too much choice.