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William Pang Chuan Wang

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Major project:

Crisis | Wellbeing in the Emergency Department

Crisis | Wellbeing is a study of the spatial and experiential journey for mental health patients in the emergency department. It successfully implemented an architectural design in Charing Cross Hospital and adopted a mixed-method methodology to understand the patient pathway. Furthermore, it continues to gather post-occupancy feedback to evaluate the success of the project.


  • I am interested in the relationship between people and built environments, in the  context of healthcare, and understand how patient care can be improved through innovation. Such improvements include changing the perception of space, inducing behaviour change, and enhancing clinical outcomes.  

    I am particularly interested in working with mental health patient groups and exploring potential improvements in their care plans. There are areas where traditional architectural practice could be improved upon; including stronger engagement with stakeholders and a greater focus on evidence based design.

    My research at the Royal College of Art focused on mental health patients' pathway in the emergency department (including the pathway for S136 patients). It resulted in the implementation of an assessment room in Charing Cross Hospital, completed in 2019.

    The mixed-method methodology research included interviews and focus groups with patients and relevant stakeholders. Crucially, the evaluation of the architectural intervention doesn't end at the completion of the project, as it continues to gather data on user feedback. The research challenged conventional facilities and existing architectural guidelines for mental health patients in the emergency department. It pointed to new and multidisciplinary ways of addressing existing issues – architecturally and beyond.

  • Previous degrees

  • ARB Part III, University of Westminster, London, 2010; MA Architecture (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2006; MA (Hons) Architectural Design, University of Edinburgh, 2004
  • Experiences

  • Architect, Eric Parry Architects, London, 2013–2018; Architect, DunnettCraven Ltd, London, 2012–2013; Architect, Erect Architecture, London, 2009–2012; Architectural assistant, Roewu Architects, London, 2008–2009; Architectural assistant, Roxburgh McEwan Architects, Edinburgh, 2006–2008; Architectural assistant, Gray Marshall & Associates, London, 2003
  • Exhibitions

  • European Healthcare Design Conference and Exhibition, Royal College of Physicians, London, 2019
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted, Design in Mental Health Award, 2019; Design Research Society Student Research Bursary, 2018; RIAS Urban Design Award for The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Student Awards, 2006; RIBA President’s Silver Medal Nomination, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2006; Architecture Award for the Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, 2005; Dissertation Prize Nomination. Scottish Landscape Institute, 2004
  • Funding

  • Design Research Society
Royal College of Art