Architects for Health Executive Committee
Chair: Christopher Shaw ARB, RIBA
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.
Secretary: Jaime Bishop
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 / Elly Williams
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.
EHD 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.
Membership secretary: 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.
Policy: 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 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 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.
Dr Hina Lad
Architects for Health co-opted members
Carole Crane Dip Arch. RIBA
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.
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.
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. She has been a member of AfH for nearly 20 years.
Paul 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.
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
Programme Director: Leonie Milliner MArch
Leonie helps shape Architects for Health’s programme of events, conferences and knowledge exchange, drawing upon AfH’s membership, expertise and contacts.
For the last twenty years Leonie has served as Chief Executive/consultant/ adviser in various healthcare-related organisations in the pharmaceutical, nutrition, optical and osteopathic sectors, and brings a wealth of contacts and experience of senior leadership within the regulated healthcare professions.
She is passionate about the contribution good architecture can make to improve patient outcomes, reduce staff turnover and make better use of public investment in our healthcare infrastructure. She has built her own self-build ‘grand design’ in Islington (widely published) and is currently immersed in a development project in Ealing, West London, a role which she combines with acting as Senior Education Advisor to the General Optical Council and lay member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive’s Education and Standards Board, as well as lay chair (team leader) of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation Panel.
Executive Coordinator: Helen Young BA (Hons)
Helen manages the website, membership and 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 comes from a project management background, primarily web based with online publishing organisations and web design in the private sector. She has good technical and design knowledge.