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University of Stirling


Mr Martin Quirke

Interior Designer

Dementia Services Development Centre Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Mr Martin Quirke

About me

Martin Quirke is an Architect and PhD researcher who specialises in design for age-related health, physical and cognitive impairment.

Based within the University of Stirling's internationally renowned Dementia Services Development Centre, Martin is part of the multi-disciplinary design team that provides research informed professional design consultancy and design review services. He is an approved building assessor for the University of Stirling Dementia Design Accreditation scheme (aka the 'Stirling Gold Award')

Martin is environment lead for 'Our Connected Neighbourhoods', a pilot dementia friendly neighbourhoods research project funded by Life Changes Trust. The project focusses on supporting local people living with dementia to undertake assessments and share their experiences of local places in the Stirling North and Forth Valley areas.

Martin is a founding co-developer, along with DSDC Chief Architect Lesley Palmer, of the IRIDIS project, a revolutionary suite of publicly available digital technologies, to support research evidence based design that improves the independence and wellbeing of people with dementia, sight impairment, and other age related impairments (see for more information).

Martin's doctoral research project, carried out through the University of Newcastle Australia is due for completion in late 2018. It uses a floor-plan based assessment method to evaluate the dementia supportive design characteristics of international residential aged care settings.


PhD Thesis: An Analysis of Residential Aged Care Units - Spatial Configurations for People with Cognitive Impairments
The University of Newcastle Australia

A PhD research project to determine the charachteristics of building layouts that impact the wellbeing of people with connitive impairments. like dementia. Research carried out through the University of Newcastle, Australia. Primary supervision by Prof. Michael Ostwald. Co-supervision by Prof. Richard Fleming, Prof. Mark Taylor, and Prof. Tony Williams.

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