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Thursday 16th May 2019

Paediatric Departments

Designing for toddlers & teenagers.


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

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

The consideration of the needs for age appropriate settings for toddlers through to teenagers is a key ingredient to the success of a paediatric department, creating a welcoming and homely environment that engages and supports their varied needs over short or long periods. With the increased use of technology, the experience needs to be adaptive to integrate IT solutions to stimulate children, support parents and provide facilities that their home would often give them.


Come an join us as our expert panel discuss:
•  Current approaches to paediatric design;
•  How do we create age appropriate settings?
•  How do we cater for parents, carers and siblings?
•  How can we keep children stimulated?

•  How we can integrate art into the settning?


Stepahnie Williamson
Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Stephanie is an NHS leader with a clinical background who has worked at a senior level in operations, transformation, programme management and capital projects. She is passionate about evidence based design, the healing environment and – most importantly – the patient experience. She has a Masters in Leadership for Health & Social Care, a postgraduate qualification in Inclusive Environments and is a graduate of the NHS London Next Generation Director Programme.


In 2014 Stephanie became a board member of Architects for Health, aiming to ensure that the organisation gives voice to anyone campaigning for better healthcare environments, regardless of their professional background.


Stephanie is currently deputy director of development at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust leading a substantial programme to completely remodel the site. There she has implemented a co-design process to ensure the vision and requirements of young people, families and staff at the hospital are at the heart of the design brief for future developments.

In her spare time she campaigns on twitter to improve the quality of waiting spaces in healthcare.

Roddy Langmuir
Cullinan Studio

Roddy is one of the practice leaders at Cullinan Studio with a focus on the design quality of the work of the practice. He grew up in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, studied and worked in Edinburgh, and then in 1988 joined Cullinan Studio where he found an empathy for crafting buildings that engage with and respond to their environment.


Currently Roddy is engaged on a new cluster of paediatric facilities for the Alder Hey Hospital Trust, developing the winning design following an RIBA competition in April 2018. 


Roddy chairs design review panels for Architecture and Design Scotland and lectures widely on projects and practice in the UK and abroad. In 2013 he chaired the juries for the RIBA Awards and the Cairngorms National Park Design Awards, and in 2014 was on the jury for the UK’s Milan Expo 2015 Pavilion.

Martin Jones
Art in Site
For 30 years Martin has led creative teams in film, advertising and visual arts. He sees every design intervention as an opportunity to stimulate social engagement. Latterly his particular interest is in links between play and cultural engagement, wellbeing and healing. 

Initially working with Art in Site as a commissioned artist, since 2010 Martin has directed Art in Site’s team in creative thinking and design implementation. He has pioneered new approaches to engaging with children in healthcare design. His co-creation methodology for Evelina Children’s Hospital, 1+ project has been adopted by the Trust as new “best practice” and has been advocated by the NHS on a national level.  

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