Why later living and care?
I have always been surrounded by design and architecture, with my father having been an architect. He taught me about the importance of function over form and ensuring good quality design focuses on the end user, which is a key ingredient of all architecture, but especially designing for the later living and care market.
I ran a project for Sheppard Robson, Woolwich Central, for Tesco Spenhill, which was extremely difficult and very rewarding. It received the Carbuncle Cup in 2014, an award that no architect likes to have on their CV, but it shows that you can be proud of your work and what you achieve, whilst demonstrating the diversity in thought within our profession and the importance of always retaining an open-mindedness to contrary views and opinions.
After working with high-end residential developers, I had a longing for giving back to the broader community. My mother lives in a later living development in Vienna, Austria, and I can see first-hand the positive impact it has on her life and those around her. Working with Life3A in later living and the positive impact that we can make on ageing in the UK and worldwide markets assures me that this is the right approach.