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Building With Care

Architecture for Later Life

How can we make informed architectural interventions to promote better care home environments?

As the UK’s population ages, public services – from infrastructure and transport to the accessibility of community health and social services – are under increasing pressure to adapt to this demographic change. Despite an emphasis on community-based care in UK policy, care homes continue to support those with high-level care needs. However, building one successfully means navigating a complex set of systems.

To address the issue of design in health and social care, Mikaela Patrick, an architectural designer and researcher, is working on a project led by the University of York which seeks to provide insight into how designing for care might be translated into designing with care.

Following nine case studies, the project is forming a sociological understanding of the way architects approach the design of care homes by researching the design and construction processes of specific sites. The project aims to develop a way to visually communicate  the research outputs to key audiences, using a timeline to illustrate opportunities for co-design and best practice as well as some of the challenges involved.


Research Associate:
Mikaela Patrick

Age & Diversity Research Leader:
Dr Chris McGinley

Research Partner:
University of York, Department of Sociology