Dr Martin Quirke is a chartered architect and researcher who specialises in design for age-related health, physical and cognitive impairment.
Dr Quirke is currently seconded as Research Fellow on the UKRI funded Designing Housing for Healthy Cognitive Ageing (DesHCA). This project aims to identify scalable innovations in housing design to support longer and healthier lives for people experiencing cognitive change including dementia.
He holds a substantive post as Senior Architect at University of Stirling's internationally renowned Dementia Services Development Centre. This multi-disciplinary centre for knowledge exchange provides research informed consultancy and training on the design and management of dementia inclusive environments.
Martin has previously been environment lead for 'Our Connected Neighbourhoods', a pilot dementia friendly neighbourhoods project that piloted innovative methods of empowering people living with dementia to influence the design of their neighbourhood environments.
Martin is a founding co-developer of IRIDIS , a suite of digital technologies designed to support evidence based design that improves the independence and wellbeing of people with dementia and other age related impairments.
Martin's doctoral research project, carried out through the University of Newcastle, Australia, evaluated the dementia design quality of building layouts in residential care settings.
Building Design for People with Dementia: An Analysis of Planning Quality in Residential Aged Care Units The University of Newcastle Australia
https://nova.newcastle.edu.au/…Type=vitalDismax 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.
Quirke M, Ostwald MJ, Fleming R, Taylor M & Williams A (2021) Design stage evaluation tools for residential dementia care environments. Facilities, 39 (13/14), pp. 828-842. https://doi.org/10.1108/f-09-2020-0106
Quirke M, Ostwald M, Fleming R, Taylor M & Williams A (2021) A design assessment tool for layout planning in residential care for dementia. Architectural Science Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2021.1984869
Dawson A, Blair Berta W, Morton-Chang F, Palmer L & Quirke M (2020) Long term care and the coronavirus pandemic: a new role for environmental design in a changing context. In: Fleming R, Zeisel J & Bennett K (eds.) World Alzheimer Report 2020. Design, Dignity, Dementia: Dementia-related design and the built environment. Volume I. World Alzheimer Report. London: Alzheimer's Disease International, pp. 238-245. https://www.alz.co.uk/u/WorldAlzheimerReport2020Vol1.pdf
Quirke M, Ward R, Harrison K & Cox A (2020) Citizen Audits: Developing a participatory place-based approach to dementia-enabling neighbourhoods. In: Bennett K, Fleming R & Zeisel J (eds.) World Alzheimer Report 2020: Design, Dignity, Dementia: Dementia-related design and the built environment Volume 1. London: Alzheimers Disease International, pp. 133-139. https://www.alz.co.uk/u/WorldAlzheimerReport2020Vol1.pdf
Quirke M (2019) Building design for people with dementia: a comparative analysis of planning quality in residential aged care units. Doctor of Architecture. University of Newcastle, Australia. https://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:35038