Who We Are

Architects for Health Executive Committee

Christopher ShawChair: Christopher Shaw ARB, RIBA
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Christopher Shaw, Chair of Architects for Health, is a founder of healthcare planning and architects practice Medical Architecture. A large part of his day-to-day work involves defining functional requirements and working with stakeholders to formulate the project brief. His experience ranges from refurbishment of the smallest clinic to master planning large academic medical hospitals. He draws on experiential as well as evidence based design to develop beautiful healthcare settings that are efficient, economic to build and deliver long term value.

He sits on the Executive Panel for Architects for Health and is engaged in a wide range of advocacy and teaching activities. He is a professional advisor for projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. As well as speaking regularly at industry events he writes promoting improved design standards for well-being, diagnostic, treatment and recovery settings.

Jaime BishopSecretary: Jaime Bishop
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Jaime has dedicated his career to encouraging debate and scrutiny of design, particularly of healthcare. This was originally seeded by the wave of hospital construction under the Blair administration in which he was greatly involved, and equally frustrated. Jaime was invited to join AfH in 2006 by, the then Chair, Ann Noble. As part of his work with the organisation he conceived the AfH Annual Student Healthcare Design Award which launched in 2007 and he ran with Susan Francis until 2013.

Jaime Bishop is a Director at Fleet Architects in London which he founded with Richard Henson in 2009. Fleet are a public and socially focussed practice working in acute, mental and primary healthcare alongside work for local authorities and charities, with a large proportion of their work exploring creative reuse of listed and heritage assets. In 2020 Jaime is currently working to deliver mental health refurbishments from Bodmin to Durham, the creation of a Civic Superstore incorporating Primary Care, Community Services, with a library and council functions in an vacated supermarket. Jaime’s healthcare design is informed by the range of other work the practice undertakes including creative workspaces in hat factories in Luton and a grade II listed Fish Smokehouse in Grimsby to the reinvention of an historic hotel inn in Margate, Kent.

Jaime was educated at Bath University including a placement at TU Delft before attending The Royal Collage of Art.

Treasurer: Jane McElroy
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Jane is a Principal at NBBJ Architects, an international practice with extensive experience in healthcare design. Over the past twenty years of her architectural career, Jane has focused on healthcare projects ranging in scope from a highly acclaimed ambulatory care and diagnostic centre to major academic teaching hospitals. In particular, she has directed her efforts to initial briefing, user engagement, medical planning and the integration of these aspects within the broader design process, working both with design teams and as a client advisor. Jane enjoys the challenge and complexity of healthcare design, whether at the scale of an urban masterplan or private technically complex spaces that directly impact on patients.

Jane has been an Executive Committee Member of Architects for Health since 2008, and a member for several years before that. She wants to see AfH continue to develop as a sustainable, knowledge-sharing organisation that promotes best practice design for healthcare environments and positively influences policy both within the UK and internationally.

Treasurer: Elly Williams
Elly is an associate at Ryder Architecture, and a key part of the practice’s healthcare team for the past 15 years. With Ryder Elly has worked on healthcare projects ranging from small refurbishments to large new build schemes, from strategic briefing through to completion and occupancy.

Elly enjoys working with healthcare stakeholders to develop effective and efficient healthcare schemes centred around patient experience and clinical best practice, and takes pride in advocating for patients and clinicians from inception to completion.

Elly is a new member of the AfH executive for 2020. She wants to see AfH provide value for its membership promoting best practice design for healthcare environments and encouraging the next generation of healthcare architects.

John CooperEHD Congress lead: John Cooper B.A.(Hons) Dip. Arch. Cantab RIBA
John Cooper is Director of John Cooper Architecture. He combines a wide experience of management and leadership with enjoyment of designing buildings. John has expertise in the design of housing, education, university and regeneration projects. He combines an expert understanding of health planning with genuine design skills at both a strategic and a detailed level. He has an ability to engage with clients and end users.

John is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and overseas and has written for all the architectural professional journals in the UK.

Alex SolkMembership secretary: Alex Solk
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Alex is Head of Healthcare at Sheppard Robson Architects, a practice with a long track record of designing innovative healthcare buildings in the UK and internationally. Over Alex’s career in healthcare design he has worked on wide ranging projects looking at strategic need and masterplanning, through to developing designs for modular solutions to meet urgent needs in healthcare provision. He is a strong believer in healthcare architecture embracing design more widely, whether that be what healthcare design can learn from the hospitality sector in terms of patient experience, or how health and care facilities can be better integrated into everyday design.

As an executive member of AfH, Alex is looking at how the group can broaden its regional engagement in the future.

Jane HoPolicy: Jane Ho BA Hons, Dip Arch, MSc, RIBA
Jane believes that AfH is the forum for encouraging knowledge dissemination for healthcare professionals who have a shared focus of creating quality healthcare design that improves user experience and well-being.

Jane, Healthcare Design Director at HKS Architects has over 17 years of experience in healthcare design, where she has had the opportunity to be involved with a number of new build medical facilities and the remodelling of existing properties for both public and private clients. She enjoys the challenge of a complex brief through medical planning and user engagement and strives to develop considered approaches to design. Her interests were further reflected in obtaining her MSc Planning Buildings for Health degree at MARU.

Jane’s aim is to promote further awareness of the group to the wider audience by assisting with the organisation of annual events, visits & Student Awards – feel free to contact her if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Alice Green
Alice is passionate about improving healthcare environments through high quality design. She is both an Architect as well as an Interior Designer with over a decade of healthcare design experience, working as a Healthcare Lead at P+HS Architects, based in Yorkshire in the North of England and leading multiple healthcare schemes nationally. Alice has delivered a variety of community primary care centres, complex outpatient services and acute inpatient ward environments including health planning and challenging existing care models, implementing new ways of working.

Alice brings her holistic approach to design from both an Architectural and Interiors perspective to AFH in order to assist with policy, research and best practice visits with a focus on improving the patient and service user experience.

Caroline Mulholland
Caroline is a Healthcare Planner with almost 25 years’ experience working in and supporting the NHS; supplemented with an MSc in Planning Buildings for Health from MARU. She is a passionate advocate for creating healthcare environments that provide staff with physical surroundings that both support and enable them to deliver the best care for their patients and clients.

Caroline brings her direct delivery experience to AfH, particularly in her current position working with a major national contractor, and is keen to explore the role that architecture and construction can have in producing sustainable solutions to help address the climate emergency.

Gareth Banks
Gareth is a practising architect and Regional Director of AHR, based in Manchester, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. For the last 15 years, Gareth has been actively engaged in designing and leading pioneering projects within the healthcare sector, including the completion of several NHS healthcare and related projects in the UK.

Gareth’s flare for innovative thinking, coupled with his expertise in the Health and Research sectors has enabled him to progress industry-leading solutions and evolve the way in which buildings and spaces can improve clinical care. He has led specialist design teams on a wide range of projects and his solutions have seen success, not just in the UK, but right across the globe, from the 7* Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to The Queen Mary Hospital Laboratory redevelopment Hong Kong.

Gareth understands first-hand the challenges of providing different building types in diverse cultures, all utilising different technologies. As an executive member of AfH, Gareth is keen help develop and promote more innovative, flexible and creative ways to resolve the many challenges facing Healthcare today and safeguard its future within an era of climate emergency and pandemics.

Nigel Pilkington BA(Hons) Dip Arch
Nigel is a founding Director for IKON Architects with 25years of healthcare experience in architecture. His extensive career has given him the opportunity to work on all the areas of the healthcare sector within the UK and internationally.

Working and leading successful projects with the NHS and Private Healthcare Organisations, Nigel has been developing projects from strategic requirements to project completion utilizing his practical knowledge. Deeply routed in his personal experiences, Nigel maintains an understanding of the challenges and pressures that organizations face delivering healthcare facilities for the now, while providing the basis for a sustainable future.

One of his drives is always recognising the importance of design in supporting healthcare to evolve and be fit for the future. This has led into his involvement with AfH, where he feels his experience and expertise can be valuable in the collective strive to make a difference in the healthcare sector.

Paul Gilligan
Paul has been a design champion of healthcare architecture in the UK for over 15 years and has delivered projects in Acute Hospitals, Primary Care and Mental Health as a lead Architect.

Based in Edinburgh, he works for Oberlanders Architects who have offices covering the length of the UK in Ardgay, Edinburgh & Oxford. Highly regarded amongst the healthcare design professionals in Scotland, he sits on a number of working groups that assist the healthcare community in developing safe and therapeutic environments for building users.

As part of his role in AfH Paul would like to help strengthen the healthcare design community throughout the UK. Having completed a masters in advanced environmental and energy studies as part of his architectural studies he wants to further develop the conversation of sustainable healthcare design as the industry moves towards zero carbon.

Dr Hina Lad BA (Hons) Dip Arch MA PhD
Hina is a practising healthcare architect and researcher with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, in the UK and internationally. She currently works for Penoyre & Prasad Architects as a Senior Healthcare Planner, as well as holding the post of Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL.

Over the last four years Hina has been researching the design development and advances of surgical environments. In 2019 she completed her PhD in ‘Surgical Environments and Medical Technologies’ at the Bartlett School of Architecture in collaboration with the Centre of Medical Imaging and Computing at UCL, which was sponsored through an EPSRC industry grant and Llewelyn Davies Ltd.

Hina brings with her, the integration of architectural practice with design research and advance technologies. She is an advocate for improving policy and knowledge exchange. Hina is also actively involved in the Anne Nobel Award and the Student Design Awards for AfH.

Chris Thornton
Chris leads ADP’s healthcare sector work Nationally having been involved in delivering healthcare facilities for 30 years. He has completed over 130 projects for the Macmillan Cancer Charity and has built many strong relationships with public and private healthcare providers across the country as a result. This work has instilled a patient focused approach to the Practice’s work – led by Chris.

His understanding of patient needs and the clinical challenges that face many healthcare institutions is extensive. As a result, Chris is an important resource for furthering work in the healthcare sector. He is on the executive board for Architects for Health and is an active member of IHEEM and the DiMH network, often participating in speaking slots at conferences.

His experience ranges from 1000 bed acute hospital masterplans through to primary and social care facilities across a full range of values.

Architects for Health co-opted members

Carole CraneCarole Crane Dip Arch. RIBA
Carole has worked in the healthcare and hospital design sector since 1981. She has had a wealth of experience as an on-site architect, dealing with day to day site problems and contractual issues, seeing the vast changes that have been made within the architectural and allied professions during the last 39 years. She has experience ranging from small refurbishment projects to major and innovative PFI developments. Since 2000 she has worked in partnership with a clinical nurse planner on a variety of projects plus consultative works on the Guidance Notes and other documents for Department of Health.
She represents Architects for Health on the Future Standards Working Group within NHSI/E.

Marisa ShekMarisa Shek BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA MEWI
Marisa would like AfH to continue to be the go-to collegiate community it was for her 18 years ago as an aspiring architectural student. Having since qualified as an architect and practiced within the healthcare sector throughout this period, she recognises the need for mentoring and intellectual guidance for the next generation of designers, in a way that still embraces innovation and challenges the norm.

Claudia BloomClaudia Bloom BA Hons, Dip Arch Hons, RIBA
Claudia is Director of Healthcare at Avanti Architects where she has spent the majority of her architecture career engaged in the fascinating discipline of healthcare architecture and design. Working at all scales – from masterplan through construction detail, she finds the whole field dynamic and challenging.
Her membership of Architects for Health Executive Committee has been both challenging and informative. It’s a great community with which to be involved with some of the best architects in the field, who are normally in competition with each other, sharing information freely. She has been a member of AfH for nearly 20 years.

Paul MercerPaul Mercer BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) RIBA FIHEEM
Paul was Secretary of Architects for Health for ten years and now retired from practice supports the society through liaisons with organisations such as IHEEM and BREI at UCL. He maintains close interest in the development of technical guidance and standards as well as design quality. A former Director of Tangram Architects, Paul was co-chair of the Home Office Design Review Panel and a member of the NHS Design Panel. He writes occasional articles on healthcare design and quality as well as procurement.

Susan Meade

Amrit Naru

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou

Hannah Brewster

Consultants

Helen YoungExecutive Coordinator: Helen Young BA (Hons)
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Helen manages the website, membership & event booking systems, provides liaison and coordination of AfH activities, helps with event planning and acts as a focus for AfH members and the Executive Committee.

Helen has worked with AfH since 2011 initially building the website and later working with the Programme Director to ensure smooth running of the AfH programme.

Helen comes from a web design/project management background, primarily in the private sector with online publishing organisations and has good technical and design understanding.