Thursday 13th June 2019

From home to maternity.

Pre & post natal design.


Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

According to the Office of National Statistics there were 679,106 live births in England and Wales in 2017. The average age of mothers increased to 30.5 years, from 26.4 years in 1975.  Fertility rates decreased for every age group except women aged 40 years and over, where the rate reached its highest level since 1949. 28.4% of live births were to mothers born outside the UK, following a gradual rise from 11.6% in 1990.


With this changing demographic has the way we design and provide pre and post-natal services changed? Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:


  • Birth settings – designing with patient experience in mind;

  • Knowing your demographics & cultural sensitivities;

  • Involving your clients – familiarity and confidence;

  • Pre-empting change

  • Designing for easy adaptation


Alison Cann
Barts Health NHS
Alison has been a nurse for 30 years and is an experienced Health Planner and Inclusion expert. She provides clinical advice to architects and engineers and plans space and clinical requirements across the Trust.
A skilled negotiator and leader, she has a particular interest in privacy & dignity and disability compliance. She guides and advises clinical and managerial staff through space and manpower planning, providing support and help to staff moving into their new environments as well as advise on business cases and options appraisals.
She is currently working on improving the maternity services at Whipps Cross Hospital.

Agata Zamasz
Sonnemann Toon

Agata is an architect with 15 years experience focusing predominantly on designing for health. Since joining Sonnemann Toon in 2012 she has lead on several award winning schemes, including European Scanning Centre, which won Clinicians Choice at Building Better Healthcare Awards in 2014.

Agata has worked as a lead architect on primary and acute healthcare schemes at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth and for multiple private healthcare providers throughout UK. She was part of the clinical lead team for Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham and most recently worked on the interior design of a new family hospital in Scotland. While at Sonnemann Toon Agata contributed to conference presentations on patient experience & designing for women and children. Agata regularly engages with universities and design schools as a guest critic on behalf of Architects for Health.