Ann Noble Obituary

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

20 x 2: 26/11/15

The annual light-hearted and high-speed exposition of all things healthcare was hosted by NBBJ London on 26th November 2015. A regular and popular feature of the Architects for Health programme, the headline refers to invitations to up to 20 members to present a topic of their choice for no more than 2 minutes. There is no prescribed format and content can be any topic with at least a passing nod to healthcare design and environments.

Attracting a sizeable audience which, thanks to NBBJs gracious hospitality, was keen to provide ad hoc interjections of support or otherwise, the evening heard a wide range of differing two-minute monologues with accompanying ubiquitous PowerPoints. Continue reading

IHEEM 2015 AfH Design Award Winner’s Presentations

The Architects for Health Design Awards are unique in that the winners are selected by a panel of fellow practitioners. Those designs selected for awards represent the best work in the field and expert recognition of quality and innovation. The awards, kindly sponsored by Vinci and Carillion, were made at the European Healthcare Design Congress; this event held at the Healthcare Estates Conference at the Manchester Central conference centre offered the winners an opportunity to showcase their projects.

Each winning team made their presentations at the Exhibition Theatre next to the Architects for Health stand at the event in which had accumulated an audience larger than some of the main conference events with a standing crowd spilling over onto the surrounding exhibition space.

Best New Building Award winner, The Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre was presented by Marc Levinson a Partner at Murphy Philipps Architects. An outstanding health care building that helps to transform care services. Marc’s presentation illustrated the accumulation of confidently executed but modest design steps that together create an outstanding health care building.
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Best Conversion Project Award winner, Citylabs Manchester, this is a local and complex project that deserved a more full explanation. Tony O’Brien a Partner at Sheppard Robson set out the layered rationale behind this outstanding building conversion that brings together the NHS, academic health science communities and industry with specialist clinical resources and expertise from researchers.
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Best International Project winner, Ghana District Hospitals for the Ministry of Health by TP Bennett. Polly Barker and Paul Scott presented the development of a suite of modular, climate adapted local hospital campuses of varying technical sophistication using clear and very attractive graphics. Care in calibrating the design to the local context gained this project the award for an outstanding health care building located outside the UK.
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Best Idea Award winner, the New Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital was presented by Catherine Zeliotis of Stantec on behalf of her team, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Arup and Laing O’Rourke. This project is both a significant urban architectural work and an essay in rethinking clinical organisation. The vertical tower with overlapping cancer care villages marks an entirely new way of organising highly specialised treatment in a patient friendly setting.
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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.