who we are


Email Stephanie Steph is an experienced Design & Development Director and clinician having just completed 41 years in the NHS culminating in director roles at both Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital. She is driven by her understanding of the impact of design on patient and staff experience and co-design with stakeholders. One of her most recent projects was the Zayed Centre for Research at GOSH which has won many awards. The one she is proudest of is the Sight & Sound Centre, also at GOSH. The project brief, from children with hearing and sight impairment was for a grand house on the square and it created the opportunity to reinstate a Victorian fireplace.

She has a Masters in Leadership, a post grad qualification in Inclusive Design and she is a graduate of Ashridge College and the NHS Next Generation Director Programme.

In 2014, after several years membership Steph became a member of the Executive of Architects for Health. The intention was to ensure the organisation continued to welcome anyone with an interest and passion for healthcare design. In 2022 she was elected Co-Chair with Jaime Bishop.

Email Jaime 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.
Email Elly 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.
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.
Email Caroline 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.
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.

Ruairi Reeves is an architect and director of Medical Architecture, based in London. He has been designing healthcare environments for the last 20 years covering mental health, acute and primary care, in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Ruairi is a keen advocate of both mental and physical wellbeing through design. He is particularly interested in how a patient’s environment can contribute to their well-being and recovery and is passionate about creating effective, therapeutic healthcare environments.

Ruairi is keen to develop AfH’s programme of high quality and diverse talks and visits. He wants to help AfH reach all UK regions and to promote healthcare design in education as the rewarding career choice that it can be.

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.

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou (Lia) is Associate Professor at UCL and Director of the MSc Healthcare Facilities the only recognised master’s programme globally to study healthcare architecture and planning. She a prolific academic having won several prestigious grants and fellowships including two Marie Curie Horizon 2020. She is the Vice-President of the Urban Health Section, EUPHA and shapes policy as a member of the Board, National Accessibility Authority in Greece by invitation from the Greek Prime Minister. She has worked for consultancy projects with various governments and organisations, including the Reconstruction mechanism of Peru in collaboration with Arup on behalf of the British Government, the Greek Ministry of Health and the Centre of European Constitutional Law on new legislation regarding psychiatric facilities and the Environment Section of the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Aging of the European Union as co-ordinator of the Environment section. For her understanding of health and the built environment, she lead the Health and Built Environment work packages of the official inquiry by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on infectious diseases on the aftermath of the Princess Diamond Covid-19 outbreak. She has authored books and scientific and professional publications on healthcare environments. She is an RIBA architect, founder and owner of the awarded practice SynThesis Architects.

Evangelia has been dedicating her academic and policy work in increasing collaborations between industry and academia for the benefit of vulnerable people. As her research spans from New Zealand and Japan to Europe and Latin America and brings together disciplines of the built environment and health and she is passionate about increasing cross-country, cross-sector and cross-discipline collaborations.

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.

Linda is an associate healthcare architect at Stride Treglown based in the Manchester studio with a background in projects ranging from small refurbishments to very large projects with multiple stakeholders. She has experience in the briefing, design, and delivery of healthcare buildings across the UK and is interested in promoting the sharing of good design between architects, clients and contractors working in healthcare, and in developing ways of learning from each other both nationally and internationally.

With a degree in psychology and masters in personnel management, Linda is an advocate for inclusion and diversity and has a keen interest in the user experience of the built environment and how we can use research to enhance the design of healthcare environments.

co-opted members

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.

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.

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.

Previously Amrit has led teams delivering a number of health care projects within the primary, acute, mental health and elderly care fields, working with both clinical teams and contractors. He has an academic interest in healthcare design having studied at MARU (Medical Architectural Research Unit) and has carried out studies in the US and Sweden with regard to elderly and continuing care environments and continues to support in related research projects.

Amrit is a strong advocate of research-based design and applies this approach to all projects, no matter what sector and also the furthering the design quality of healthcare, the sharing of knowledge between piers within this sector that is at the heart of AfH values. Amrit has been member of AfH since 2005.

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.

Christopher Shaw 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.

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.

James is an Associate Director and Healthcare lead at P+HS Architects Ltd. With over 15 years’ experience in the sector, James is passionate about healthcare and the opportunities for making a difference in people’s lives through collaborative design. Creating calm, engaging, healing and inspiring environments for both patients and staff.

Based in Leeds, James has worked across the UK on an extensive range of healthcare projects in both new build and existing environments. With a keen interest in operating theatres and diagnostics, James enjoys working closely with the different clients and end-users. Appreciating the challenges they face, to find the right design solution.

James has led several successful healthcare projects including UHL Vascular services & Hybrid Theatre, Aire NHS foundation Trust Acute Assessment Unit, The Northern Centre for Cancer Care at Cumberland Infirmary, as well multiple projects for Nottingham University Hospital including expansion of Critical care services.

James brings the benefit of the years of experience in the sector and collaboration on further innovations in healthcare design and working practises. Helping to evolve healthcare environments for the benefit of the industry, patients & staff.

Sophie Crocker, MSc, ARB, EDAC, WELL AP is an architect and Health Design researcher at White Arkitekter. Seeing architecture as a vocation and public service has led Sophie to specialise in healthcare design for almost a decade, working on public and private healthcare design projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She greatly values the cross-cultural experience she can bring to new projects and is an advocate for synergistic research and design practices.

Sophie is passionate about increasing awareness of the amazing opportunities of healthcare design as a specialty to the next generation of architects and assists with the planning and organisation of the Student Design Awards.


Sarah is a marketing and business development consultant with 17 years’ experience in the built environment. In her role as BD Director for architecture practice, ADP, she was a regular contributor to IHEEM, Design in Mental Health and other key industry events.

Her past experience includes work in publishing and commercial events – running conferences and workshops across the UK and internationally. She now acts as AfH’s Programme and Communications Director, curating content for the AfH Membership and wider healthcare design community.

Email Helen 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 knowledge.

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