2nd March 2011

NDA annual Conference

Dementia Design School


Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA, 25 Clyde Road, Dublin 4





The design and Dementia school, run by Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling, UK, will cover a range of design issues including effective commissioning, project management, designing the internal and external environment and lighting. The school will provide both theoretical and practical input over three days and will involve lectures, workshops and discussion groups. It will also include guidance on using the DSDC’s design audit tool as a reference text for the design process.

This course will cover:

Practical solutions to design excellence

• design principles
• Interiors
• Gardens, outside spaces
• Balconies, roof gardens and terraces
• Assistive technology
• Lighting
• Acoustics
• Award-winning examples of excellence

Designing for success – the impact on end-users (people with Dementia and staff)

Design strategies for:
• Reducing adverse incidents
• Reducing falls
• Optimising happiness of residents and staff
• Reducing behavioural symptoms
• Reducing staff turnover
• Maximising a quality service

Making change happen – from concept to reality

• Project management for success
• Making the most of what you’ve got
• Going for gold – quality-assuring design


Outline timetable:

2 March 2011

• Introduction and overview
• The research – current best practice
• Designing interiors
• Group exercises
• Project management – a shared experience
• Designing outside space
• Designing balconies

3 March 2011

• We all fall down – the impact of poor design
• Light and health
• Designing lighting – getting it right
• The acoustic environment – impact of sound and noise
• Site visits/design clinics. (The clinics will enable delegates to present any existing plans for a brief assessment from members of the team.)

4 March 2011

• Making change happen
• The design audit tool

Additional Information

For further information on the design school contact Jemma Galbraith on  +44 (0)1786 467741 or jemma.galbraith@Stir.ac.Uk


This event is being run by Dementia Services Development Centre

At the University of Stirling, UK in conjunction with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA * and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Booking and cost

For booking and cost information please go to the DSDC website

* The NDA in co-hosting this workshop will receive no remuneration

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