Thursday 17th October 2019

Dealing with Mental Health & 

Dementia Design.


Kasia Hulkkonen - Sonnemann Toon

Dr Patricia Martin del Guayo - Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Louisa Williams - Art in Site

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

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

According to the Alzheimer's Society there are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. One in 14 people over 65 will develop dementia, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over 80. The number of people with dementia is increasing because people are living longer. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to around 1 million.


The NHS states that although there is no cure for dementia at present, if it's diagnosed in the early stages, there are ways you can slow it down and maintain mental function. A diagnosis can help people with dementia get the right treatment and support, and help those close to them to prepare and plan for the future

Come and join us as we discuss how the way we design our spaces and environment can be beneficial to those affected:

  • How do we make the individual experience of living with dementia  and mental health issues more comfortable & rewarding?

  • What can we do to ensure living with dementia and mental health issues need not mean a separation from the community?

  • How can we provide inspiring & benign environments for older people and those living with dementia?

  • What measures are there to ensure safety and well-being focus on dementia suffers and their carers?

  • How can we provide sutiable external spaces?


Kasia Hulkkonnen
Sonnemann Toon Architects
Since joining Sonnemann Toon in 2013, Kasia has worked on multiple healthcare projects with special emphasis on treatment and well-being. In addition to new built developments she has gained extensive experience in retrofit and refurbishment projects, including Listed Buildings.


Through her work, Kasia developed skills in healthcare design in-line with the principles for mental health and dementia friendly environments.

Dr Patricia Martin del Guayo
Shepheard Epstein Hunter
Patricia joined Shepheard Epstein Hunter in March 2015, having gained her architecture degree in Spain and gained experience in several offices in Spain and Germany, and with her own practice. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design qualification from Harvard, and a PhD in Sustainable Urban Design from the Architectural Association in London.
Patricia's work with us includes masterplanning for new homes in East London, the National Space Park for the University of Leicester, and five major masterplanning projects and proposals for new homes for the University of Oxford.
Louisa Williams
Art in Site
Louisa Williams is an art consultant with over 20 years of experience working across commercial and public sectors, including retail, airports, and healthcare. She founded Art in Site in 2003 after recognizing the need for more strategically-minded art schemes for hospitals. Since then, Art in Site has produced work that: connects with the emotional needs of patients, visitors, staff; helps services to become more functionally efficient; and provides meaningful outcomes around which shared culture can grow.  
Together with co-director Martin Jones, Louisa has pioneered methods aimed at coordinating art and design processes together with other teams (such as architecture, lighting, wayfinding, and infection control) in order to deliver benefits to the service community beyond the scope of the traditional art producer/consultant. Recently, this approach has extended into working with psychologists and mental health experts, developing new tools and environmental interventions aimed at supporting staff in delivering better care.
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