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Webinar: Architecture for Health and Wellbeing

How can architects help connect people to nature and contribute to building community, improving health, quality of life and wellbeing.? Video recording coming soon

Case studies from architectural experts will showcase diverse architectural projects from across the UK that enable connection with nature and contribute to building community, improving health, quality of life and wellbeing.

We will cover the latest products and materials and explore how collaboration between architects, consultants and manufacturers that bring to life design for improved health, quality of life and wellbeing.

Confirmed speakers include:

Our Guest Chair of the PiP Architecture for Health and Wellbeing Webinar - Kristofer Adelaide, architectural design director & founder, Kristofer Adelaide Architecture

RIBA author, Ben Channon, architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and director, Ekkist, who joins us to discuss his most recent publication - The Happy Design Toolkit: Architecture for Better Mental Wellbeing.

Linda Morey-Burrows, principal director, MoreySmith who will deliver a case study on CBRE HQ, Henrietta House, an outstanding benchmark in office retrofit and people-centric, sustainable design.

Keir Regan Alexander, director, Morris + Company who will deliver a case study on Aylesbury Health Centre & Early Years, Southwark, a local draw and place-making feature for the area that provides health care facilities alongside an early years setting.

Paul Hutt, director, Glancy Nicholls Architects who will deliver a case study on Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library, a bold project that revives a former chocolate factory and combines residential care for the elderly with a new public library, both sharing a courtyard and public café – addressing sustainable design and improving urban connections.

Sponsored by: Amtico and Rockwool 

 

Programme

 

Chair’s opening remarks

Kristofer Adelaide, architectural design director & founder, Kristofer Adelaide Architecture

The Happy Design Toolkit: Architecture for Better Mental Wellbeing
Ben Channon, architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and director, Ekkist

The importance of surface finishes in specification
Sophia Wise, regional commercial manager, Amtico

Case study: CBRE HQ, Henrietta House
Linda Morey-Burrows, principal director, MoreySmith 

Refreshment break/interlude

Case study: Aylesbury Health Centre & Early Years, Southwark
Keir Regan Alexander, director, Morris + Company

Supporting seamless healthcare delivery at Grange University Hospital
Mike Meakin, fire protection consultant – south, Rockwool

Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library
Paul Hutt, director, Glancy Nicholls Architects 

Closing remarks from Chair

 

Speakers' biographies

 

Kristofer AdelaideKristofer Adelaide
Architectural design director & founder
Kristofer Adelaide Architecture

Kristofer set up KA-A in 2017 and the team have delivered 9- 16 homes schemes – the practice has a passion for offsite construction and Kristofer and his team are looking into the design of volumetric off site terrace housing they have coined the A.F.R.O.(Architecture for the Reasonably Ordinary) house, the proposal is currently at concept stage, looking to get a prototype built within 2022. Kristofer is also a member of the Offsite Alliance and is on the RIBA Editorial Panel.  

 

Keir Regan Alexander Keir Regan Alexander
Director
Morris+Company

Keir is a Director at Morris+Company, overseeing the final delivery of the Aylesbury Health Centre & Early Years building, a new healthcare project in South London. The scheme will deliver an interwoven programme of community uses and has adopted a deep-dive, end user-led approach to design and brief development.
At Morris + Company, Keir shares the responsibility for ongoing strategic management of the practice and attends weekly design reviews across all live projects. He has lectured on benefits of collaborative working methods, and advocates the open and transparent exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge through collective research and debate.

 

Linda Morey-Burrows Linda Morey-Burrows
Founder and Principal Director
MoreySmith

Linda Morey-Burrows, Founder and Principal Director, established MoreySmith in 1993 - a London-based RIBA Chartered Practice that is approaching almost three decades of designing notable projects across the world.
As one of the foremost designers in Britain, Linda has delivered bespoke workplace, hospitality and residential projects with her team of designers for a range of global clients including the headquarters for CBRE, Sony Music, LVMH, Primark, Lazari, British Land and AshbyCapital.
Linda is a leading expert in breathing new life into heritage buildings and is most known for bringing together the very best elements from residential, retail and boutique hospitality design to create beautiful and comfortable spaces for people to thrive.

 

Paul Hutt Paul Hutt
Director
Glancy Nicholls Architects

Paul is an equity Director of Glancy Nicholls Architects since 2007 with over 30 years’ experience and works predominantly in the ‘care’ sector be that Healthcare, Residential care or Social care. He heads up a team of talented designers and technical staff responsible for delivering positive change within this sector but also has comprehensive knowledge in a variety of other sectors including residential, student accommodation, education and mixed use.
Working primarily in the public sector, his passion for building positive relations with clients ensures schemes are developed successfully, whilst enhancing the socio-economic impact for local communities. He has developed a particular expertise in designing buildings for those living with dementia and has successfully completed several buildings that have achieved the stringent requirements of Stirling University ‘Gold’ standard for dementia-friendly design.

 

Jan-Carlos Kucharek Jan-Carlos Kucharek 
Deputy editor RIBAJ & editor of PIP

Jan-Carlos is an architectural journalist and registered architect. He studied his part 1 at Canterbury College of Art and his architecture diploma at The Bartlett (UCL) and worked for five years at Foster + Partners. He took a part time role at the RIBAJ in 2004 and continued working freelance at Marks Barfield, Hudson Featherstone, David Morley and Fourthspace architects. He became editor of Products in Practice (PiP) in 2013 and deputy editor of RIBAJ in 2021.

 

Sophia WiseSophia Wise
Regional commercial manager
Amtico

Sophia has a love for interior finishes and is at her happiest working with designers on specifications. She has been with Amtico for 4 years and looks after a team of 8 commercial project specialists working across the UK and Ireland.
With over 20 years of sales experience Sophia strives to cultivate invaluable relationships with her clients.

 

Ben Channon
Director, Ekkist

Ben Channon is an architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and is well known in the industry as a thought leader in designing for happiness and wellbeing. He is a Director at wellbeing design consultancy Ekkist, where he helps clients and design teams to create healthier places, and researches how buildings and urban design can impact how we feel.
He developed an interest in design for mental health, wellbeing and happiness after suffering with anxiety problems in his mid-twenties. This led him to research the relationship between buildings and happiness, which formed the basis of his first book: ‘Happy by Design’. Ben’s second book ‘The Happy Design Toolkit’ - which offers more practical advice on how to create buildings for our mental wellbeing - was published in March 2022. Ben now speaks on this subject to businesses and universities around the world.
Ben then went on to qualify as WELL Accredited Professional, broadening his knowledge to encompass design for physical wellbeing. In January 2020 he was invited to join the WELL Mind Advisory panel, using his expertise to raise the bar for healthy buildings worldwide.
In 2017 Ben co-founded the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum, which is focused on improving mental health within the industry. He is also an accredited mindfulness practitioner with the Mindfulness Association, and is interested in how buildings can help us to be more mindful and present every day. 

 

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