Designing to Support Dignity and Independence

Fiona Walsh is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architect of Ireland. She is principal architect at DDS Architects, a chartered architects practice and social enterprise that specialises in designing inclusive environments and translating inclusive designs theory into best demonstrated  practice. Her advocacy work includes promoting awareness and delivering design training to ensure people living with dementia have equitable access to our built environment.

In this piece, Fiona writes about designing around the different challenges a person with dementia may experience – and how these design decisions can have a significant impact on a person’s dignity and independence.

Fiona Walsh
Fiona Walsh, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute and principal architect at DDS Architects.

To learn more about the impact and importance of design for people living with dementia, read our new World Alzheimer Report ‘Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment’, which includes 84 case studies and a series of interviews with experts in the field of dementia design.


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