Dr Martin Quirke

Research Fellow (Qualitative)

Dementia and Ageing Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Martin Quirke

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About me

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 working 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 recently lead the environment strand of '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, 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

A PhD research project to determine the characteristics of building layouts that impact the wellbeing of people with cognitive 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.

Research (2)

Accessible Environments Design for Dementia and Ageing Participatory research Co-Design Methods Environmental and Spatial Analysis Architectural and Urban Design


Designing homes for healthy cognitive ageing: co-production for impact and scale (DesHCA)
PI: Professor Alison Bowes
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Cherish Investigator Led Proposal - demonstrating impact in housing, health and social care
PI: Professor Judith Phillips
Funded by: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Outputs (9)


Book Chapter

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



Dr Quirke has several years experience teaching architectural design, building construction, and design communication. He currently leads modules in the 'Intersections of Dementia and Design' course from the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development. He is currently supervising two doctoral (PhD) students.