Susan Francis obituary

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Susan Francis 1952 – 2017

Susan FrancisSue Francis was a determined pioneer whose achievements as a woman, an architect, an educator, a writer and a strategist are woven into many lives. Sue was an amazing person to work with, always generous with her knowledge and expertise while sensitive, clear and very organised. She drew on a multitude of skills and cultures, which allowed her to work across disciplines very successfully.

She also had a rich personal hinterland and many at her funeral were surprised and gladdened to hear of an interest or a skill of which we knew little. Sue designed her own clothes. She designed and built her house in Shepherdess Walk, London, along with friends who became family, raising their children together under one roof. She also designed her singular career path and guided those of many others.

History will judge Sue kindly because she was right about so many of the big issues in healthcare strategy and design. The book – she co-wrote in 2000 for the Nuffield Trust – Building a 2020 Vision: future health care environments – set out a 20-year development strategy for the NHS, a design primer and an approach that grounded these in the context of broader social and public health structures. It identified and addressed virtually every element that forms the current debate about healthcare provision and reform. Had politicians and strategists followed her precepts, the country would be in much better health.

Sue began her professional life in the cooperative movements of the late 70s and early 80s and was a founder member of the Matrix Feminist Design Cooperative, working across disciplines as an architect, enabler, writer and occasional political firebrand. Following the birth of her three children Sue ran a course in Women in Architecture and Building and then in 1991 joined the staff of the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU).

In Thatcher’s Britain many on the left took refuge in academe or embraced private practice. Her career change could have gone wrong – this was a time of turmoil for MARU, funding was scarce and the unit’s leadership had left. It could have also ended in academic sterility, but Sue, with Rosemary Glanville, secured the future of the course and under their leadership the unit flourished to provide a generation of NHS and international students with a unique education. Sue built a reputation as a highly effective advocate for design quality in healthcare and moved to the national stage. She drew on a multitude of skills and cultures which allowed her to work across disciplines very successfully. She was a brilliant chair and a very effective organiser with a network of contacts across the world.

After 15 years, Sue stepped down from her day-to-day involvement and joined CABE, heading its healthcare design team at a time when billions were channelled annually into capital investment. She also joined the Future Health Network at the NHS Confederation as design lead, working with Sylvia Wyatt on developing a learning network and a knowledge base to integrate health system design and architecture. It was a time of over-rapid and often ill-considered development, which Sue had foreseen and warned against in Building a 2020 vision. Nonetheless, she excelled in these roles and succeeded in mitigating or overturning many poor decisions, and secured the role of CABE as an essential component in the design process, improving the quality of a host of projects.

Sue had been involved in Architects for Health from its earliest days. In 2011 she was invited to become its programme director. She brought all her skills to bear and turned AfH around, galvanising the committee and creating the successful organisation you see today. Her last five years were tough, but her inner strength proved tougher, as she calmly dealt with everything that her illness and fate flung her way with equanimity and her faith in the power of the human intellect.

The European Healthcare Congress is one of several fitting memorials to her vision, the network of contacts and bonds of friendship she had developed across Europe and her ability to bring people together in common cause. Sue will be remembered by her three sons, by the whole extended family of Shepherdess Walk, and by friends and colleagues across the world.

John Cooper is a director of healthcare specialist John Cooper Architecture

Healthcare Architect Needed for New Hospital in Georgia

We have had an enquiry from a German-Georgian construction company based in Tbilisi, searching for a strategic partner for the planning and design of a new hospital in Georgia

The basic requirements are as follows:-

  • Services for preparation of design-cost estimation documentation for infectious pathology, HIV and clinical immunology located in Tbilisi / Georgia
  • Support needed for engineering-design services required for construction
  • Land plot area is 5 000 m2
  • Estimated rentable area of the design building(s) is 10 567 sqm
  • Design should provide for accommodation of 100 beds
  • Design-cost estimation documentation shall be prepared in line with construction norms and regulations effective in Georgia, and in accordance with European Standards.
  • The design-cost estimation documentation shall provide for the measures of adapting the building to the needs of disabled

If any members are interested in taking up this challenge please send your statement of interest to us at General Enquiries on our Contact page. Your details will be forwarded to the company for their information and action.

Ann Noble Obituary

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Ann Noble9th December 1942 – 9th December 2016

PhD, B Arch, MA Sociology,
Dip. Town Planning, RIBA

AfH Past President

An original founder member of Architects for Health, Former Chair and subsequently Life President, Dr Ann Noble has died peacefully after a long illness. She had a distinguished career in practice, teaching and lecturing internationally and had collaborated with and advised many leading practices including Ted Cullinan, SOM and HOK.

Ann Peerless was brought up in Somerset and studied at Bristol University, where she met her future husband, Paul, both reading architecture. She gained an MA in Sociology from the University of Essex in 1967, registered as an RIBA Chartered Architect in 1971, gained a Diploma in Town Planning from the then Polytechnic of Central London in 1974 and a PhD from Bristol in 1988.

Following three years working in Libya on social housing, Ann began Research & Development work for the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) Hospital Building Programme. Thus began a lifelong interest and passion for healthcare architecture, taking her to the very top of that profession and international acclaim.

For thirteen years from 1976, Ann was engaged with research and teaching at the Medical Architecture Research Unit and there established an advisory and facilitating service for General Practice Premises, and other primary care building developments for Inner London. At MARU, she was pivotal in teaching and mentoring the Masters Degree course in health facility planning, attracting students from across the globe.

Ann Noble Architects was established in 1989 and became renowned for expert advice and sound knowledge as well as designing and delivering a range of highly regarded healthcare buildings. The practice continued to gain commissions for assessment and evaluation, a mainstay of Ann’s belief in the value of structured research to inform decisions and future schemes.

Ann’s research portfolio is extensive and a continuing thread through her career, from a survey of shantytown dwellers in Benghazi and Tripoli for the Libyan Ministry of Housing in 1970 through to evaluation of wards, whole hospitals and dozens of primary care centres to patient safety research in 2007. Many of her papers were published by MARU and the Nuffield Trust book “50 Years of Ideas in Health Care Buildings” which Ann co-authored in 1999 is a definitive review of healthcare over the lifetime of the NHS.

Around 1990, as most in-house healthcare design services were abolished by the government, a small group of likeminded architects and others set up Architects for Health, as a means of continuing a thread of mutual learning and information sharing across the professions. Ann was among those early pioneers and the organisation grew in stature and membership. Professor Raymond Moss held the chairmanship until 1998 when Ann Noble was elected to that position, which she held for ten years.

During Ann’s tenure, Architects for Health developed a vibrant and varied programme of events for members, attracting guest speakers from across the healthcare world. The international visit programme was inaugurated by Ann, the most notable of which was a study visit to Japan in 2005 by a group of members and hosted by the Japan Institute of Healthcare Architects. That relationship is particularly poignant as the lead host was Professor Yusushi Nagasawa, who had been one of Ann’s students on the MARU course some years earlier.

In 2009, Ann received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Building Better Healthcare Awards. Her citation includes this sentiment; “Ann has devoted her professional life to promoting excellence in healthcare environments”. Those words reflect a career, a lifelong passion and a depth of knowledge and dedication which her friends and colleagues will recognise. Ann’s influence and determination, imparted with kindness and good humour, has been the inspiration for many in the professions she worked with and knew.

Ann married Paul Noble in 1966 and they had a son, Jacob and a daughter Sophie, both of whom practice as professionals in the built environment. Behind the consummate professional, Ann was the caring matriarch of a loving and close family who enjoyed each other’s company at home and on fondly remembered holidays. The birth of her grandchildren was a source of great pleasure to Ann in her latter years.

Ann gave of her time and experience freely, mentoring and advising colleagues and protégés alike. She had the rare capacity of understanding healthcare architecture comprehensively and the rare gift of encouraging and enthusing others towards greater excellence in that field.

To make a donation to the Alzheimers Research Trust in Ann’s memory, please go to this web address http://ann.noble.muchloved.com where detailed instructions are available.

European Healthcare Design 2017

VISIONING THE FUTURE:

DESIGNING FOR CHANGE IN PEOPLE-CENTRED HEALTH SYSTEMS

The European Healthcare Design 2017 – Call for Papers – have now been launched.
Organised by Architects for Health with SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange.

More information can be found here www.europeanhealthcaredesign.eu

LGHN website goes live!

The exciting news that the Landscape, Gardens & Health Network website is now live. Please visit at www.lghn.org.uk

Landscape Gardens and Health Network is an online resource for anyone interested in the role of gardens and designed space for health. It features current research and events that show the therapeutic value of gardens and green space. Landscape is taken in its broadest sense, embracing the natural and designed environment, highlighting its many relationships to human health and wellbeing.

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

David Powell Development Director at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust can rightly be regarded as one of a very exclusive group within the NHS considering the total NHS workforce of 1.4m staff, David is doubtless one of handful – an expert client lead with a string of successful projects in his portfolio.

Architects for Health were delighted to welcome David Powell as guest speaker at the post-AGM presentation in February 2016. His experience and wisdom garnered over many years has most recently been applied to managing the design and construction of the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool – badged as the world’s first living hospital. Continue reading

10 reasons to become a member in 2016

You will enjoy

  • Excellent networking, socially and online with 4 free member events per year
  • Horizon scanning: talks and discussions with leading policy thinkers about future developments in such areas as clinical practice, policy and system transformation, impact of technology, innovation in design and construction
  • Study Tours and seminars to completed projects of note: recent venues have been in Cardiff and South Wales, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Bath.
  • Sharing ideas about good design and how to achieve success; meet clinicians, designers, architects, engineers, planners, artists and others engaged in the design of healthcare facilities.
  • Access and influence: change and development in policy and standards through our working groups
  • International best practice: Attend the European Healthcare Design Congress; once again AfH is partnering Salus to deliver an international event in London on the 27-28 June 2016
  • Knowledge transfer: AfH is partner with special interest groups such as the Design In Mental Health Network; obtain discounted registration for members and a chance to share good practice through networking.
  • Recognition of excellence: Exclusive entry to AfH Design Awards- this year again there will be two displays at major conferences in London and Manchester and continued fostering of design in schools of architecture through the exhibition of student projects.
  • Get CPD points: All AfH events are considered valid for accredited CPD for RIBA members
  • An unmissable opportunity to showcase your projects and ideas in a way that is entertaining and fun at our annual November 20X2 event

Join online now

  • Members are eligible for special AfH member discount rates to the European Healthcare Design Congress on 27 – 28 2016 June in London- not to be missed!
  • Submit your projects for the AfH Design Awards – details to follow.
  • Two free member events and two National Conferences still to come in 2016
  • Remember, only those who are registered with the online membership system will be sent communications
  • All criteria for the different membership categories can be found in Membership

ARCHITECT URGENTLY NEEDED

Do you think you could do some voluntary work overseas?

Article-25, the UK’s leading architectural aid charity, is currently looking for architects who can help them with their work in Nepal. AfH has received the following request for assistance.

“Article 25 is recruiting an architect with an interest in healthcare design to work on a hospital in Nepal.
The work is important for the long term recovery of Nepal after the earthquakes of 2015.

The hospital, located near Kathmandu, provided essential emergency care after the earthquakes. However, the damage it suffered and the expanding workload placed on it require a site-wide reorganisation of the hospital’s buildings. Specific healthcare functions will require new buildings to provide improved facilities.

The volunteer architect will lead a site-wide Masterplan and the design of new buildings.

The ideal volunteer will be a qualified architect with significant work experience and a strong interest in healthcare design. The work will involve travel to Nepal.
The work will be based in Article 25’s London office and will be a full time volunteer position for approximately 6 months.

Anyone who would like some additional information can contact me by telephone on the number below.”

Robin Cross BA(Hons) DipArch ADPP
Managing Director, Article 25
Reg Charity No: 1112621
10th Floor, 1 Canada Square, London, E14 5AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 3197 9800

Please go to http://www.article-25.org for more information about the charity and all its work overseas.