Carly is a designer, researcher and advocate focused on creating and promoting radically accessible, wildly engaging experiences for people of all ages and abilities.
Carly joins the Design Age Institute team as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow. In this role, she will help share the Institute’s work and support new opportunities to collaboratively create more desirable products, services, and environments that enable healthy and happy ageing.
Prior to joining the Design Age Institute, Carly worked across various design and research roles, most recently as an architectural designer at Alison Brooks Architects and as the co-author and designer of the book Just Living: Homes for Our Future Selves. She has also worked as a design researcher for the MIT AgeLab and an inclusive design consultant for Motionspot.
Carly graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2017 and a B.A. in Architectural Theory from Harvard College in 2012.
KPF Paul Katz Fellowship 2017 (grant to study intergenerational public spaces in London)
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Dickson, C. and Hailey, D. (2019) Just Living. London: ColladoCollins Architects.
Description: co-authored and designed Just Living, a book about designing homes and communities that genuinely consider the needs and desires of older people.
External collaborations and activities
2022–23 Design Think Tank co-leader, London School of Architecture. Think Tank Title: Retrofit as Reparation.
Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional
2020–22 Architectural designer, Alison Brooks Architects. Focused on social housing, public consultation lead.
2019 Inclusive Design Review Lead, MIT AgeLab
2018–19 Inclusive Design and Research Consultant, Motionspot. Focused on inclusive design reviews and an innovation partnership project for a leading UK Retirement Village operator.