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Buildings in the makings - report

4 January 2019

Buildings in the Making: A Sociological Exploration of Architecture in the Context of Health and Social Care

The research project examines the work of architects who design and develop buildings for health and social care, focusing on the design of buildings for dementia and later life care. Although not health nor social care professionals, architects are often employed to create settings where care takes place. A better understanding of their work therefore offers an important path for research.

To this end initial scoping interviews were conducted with 26 architectural professionals. Observational research was then conducted, working with nine architectural practices, following design projects as case studies over a period of 10-18 months, exploring how designs evolve over time.

This included observing design reviews, design team meetings, site meetings, and public and user consultations. Further interviews were conducted with architects, clients, developers and building contractors involved in these projects.

This report summarises the key findings of the research and is intended for those involved in the commissioning, design and construction of buildings for later life care.

***Click here to download the report***

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