Dr Martin Quirke

Lecturer in Dementia, Ageing & Design

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 an architect, educator, and researcher with specialism in environmental design for ageing and cognitive health.

Dr Quirke is Co-Investigator on the multi-faceted Designing Housing for Healthy Cognitive Ageing (DesHCA) research project; a UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge project which aims to identify scalable innovations in housing design to support longer and healthier lives for older people experiencing cognitive change.

Martin serves as Senior Architect and design consultant, at University of Stirling's internationally renowned Dementia Services Development Centre. A multi-disciplinary centre for research impact and knowledge exchange which seeks to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Martin is environment strand lead for 'Our Connected Neighbourhoods', a pilot dementia friendly neighbourhoods project that used innovative methods of empowering people living with dementia to influence the design of their neighbourhood environments.

Martin was a co-founder of IRIDIS , a digital technology company that promote evidence based design as a way of improving the independence and wellbeing of people with dementia and other age related impairments.

Through Martin's doctoral research, carried out through the University of Newcastle, Australia, he is an international expert in environmental evaluation of dementia design quality - with a particular focus on residential care environments.


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 (10)


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 currently supervises two doctoral (PhD) students.