who we are
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.