Who We Are

Architects for Health Executive Committee

Christopher ShawChair: Christopher Shaw ARB
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Christopher Shaw RIBA, 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.

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.

Secretary: Paul Murphy Grad DipArch (Dist), DipArch RIBA
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Paul Murphy was appointed Secretary for Architects for Health in December 2010 and is assisting with the management and organisation of the society.

Paul has a keen interest in the role architecture plays in shaping our healthcare environment and has twenty years experience of working in this sector.

Following earlier experience with Avanti Architects and thirteen years with Todd Architects, Paul established his own practice in 2007 and has designed a wide range of healthcare facilities and has seen these delivered through a variety of procurement routes. The range of projects Paul has worked on include primary care centres through to the masterplanning of acute hospitals.

Carole CraneActing Membership Secretary: Carole Crane Dip Arch. RIBA
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Carole’s current aim is to help steer the issue of proper briefing and the future production and use of Guidance Notes. AfH must be proactive and become instrumental in forcing all parties to act in unison to bring about change and innovation.

Carole currently works as a freelance healthcare planning consultant, primarily with Archealth, a company she formed together with Glynis Meredith-Windle, clinical nurse planner. She retired from full time employment as a healthcare architect, formerly working for HLM Architects in their London office.

Claudia BloomJoint Events lead: Claudia 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. Claudia enjoys organising visits and trips to new buildings in the UK and abroad and these have included Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil, Peterborough, Spain and Denmark.

Claudia has worked at Avanti Architects since 1994 and was appointed a director in 2002. She has been a member of AfH for nearly 20 years.

John CooperCongress 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.

Jane HoPolicy lead: 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.

Rosemary JenssenSponsorship lead and main contact for DiMHN: Rosemary Jenssen
Rosemary’s aim is to help promote Best Practice in healthcare design to the widest possible audience.

Rosemary established Jenssen Architecture Limited in 2012, to provide independent specialist healthcare design advice. Previous experience includes 17 years at Devereux Architects, having been appointed a main board director specialising in healthcare in 2001. Rosemary was educated at the Welsh School of Architecture, University of Wales College Cardiff.

Rosemary has been involved with the production of design proposals for a number of award winning healthcare projects, ranging from refurbishments to major new build redevelopments. She has successfully delivered projects under a variety of different procurement routes including traditional, develop and construct, PFI and the ProCure 21/+/22 framework.

Rosemary is the AfH sponsorship lead and the main contact for the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) annual exhibition and conference.

Marisa ShekJoint Events lead: Marisa 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.

Alongside her day to day role as an Associate Director at Cowan Architects, Marisa also acts as expert witness to the Courts and advises on the accommodation needs of disabled people.

Having been elected onto the AfH executive committee in 2012, Marisa assists with the annual programme of events, including the Student Awards. It is her ambition to give AfH a presence on social media platforms that will both broaden industry-wide connections and reach out to future healthcare architects.

Steph WilliamsonPartnerships lead: Stephanie Williamson MA
Steph has a keen interest in the patient experience of healthcare buildings from a client perspective. Both her clinical and healthcare planning background puts her in a strong position to challenge assumptions which she does to great effect working with design teams on major hospital projects. She intends to bring that same level of challenge to AfH to ensure that the organisation continues to develop as a forum where all those with a shared interest in campaigning for better environments have a voice regardless of their professional background. The debate is growing; environments are improving but we are only at the start of the journey.

Stephanie is currently Deputy Director of Redevelopment at Great Ormond Street, responsible for design, construction and commissioning and also the Arts & Humanities Programme.

Alex SolkMembership lead: Alex Solk
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.


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

Helen comes from a project management background, working for web-design and online publishing organisations in the private sector.