Caring for Older People Design Competition, DWA Architects

DWA Architects, RIBA, Caring for Older People, BUPA Care Homes, Development

Caring for Older People : Architecture Competition

Winners – Student Design Competition, England, UK

1 Apr 2009

BUPA Care Homes

Caring for Older People International Student Competition – Winners<

69 competition entries were received in total for this competition including overseas entries from Albania, Canada, India, Russia, Singapore and the USA.

DWA Architects launched this international design competition to mark its 20th Anniversary and hoped the competition would encourage architects of the future to get involved in the design of the care homes of the future. The competition was sponsored by BUPA Care Services and managed by the RIBA Competitions Office.

The competition winners were:-
1st Prize – Jeremy Whall & Li shung Yeung, Birmingham School of Architecture
2nd Prize – Christopher Wilkins & Rachel Witham, Cardiff University
3rd Prize – Marta Gonzalez Ruiz, Madrid University

Highly Commended schemes were:-
Lynsey Duncan & Sally Porritt, Leeds Metropolitan University
Thomas Fitzgerald, Edinburgh College of Art
Johan Zetterholm & Jonas Tjäder, Chalmers Technical University, Sweden

Prizes were awarded at a ceremony held at the RIBA HQ, in London on Thursday 26 March where students received their prize money and certificates from Angela Rippon, a celebrity supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society.

David Ward, Chief Executive of DWA Architects commented: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the event; our sponsor Bupa Care Services,ourjudges, the RIBA, the team at DWA and of course the entrants, who have helped raise awareness of the importance of effective and creative design in the care homes of the future.

“A tremendous amount of time and effort went into the submissions. I was incredibly impressed with the range of ideas and the forward-looking approach from all of the shortlisted entrants. Every scheme considered issues that are important now and will only become more important in the future – such as land shortage and the UK’s ageing population.”

Lyth Watson from Bupa Care Services said: “With more than 300 care homes in the UK and as a leader in dementia care we are always seeking ways to improve the lives and wellbeing of our residents.”“This competition has brought some extra innovative thinking to the collaboration that Bupa and DWA have forged over the past few years on a number of complex projects – from extensions to new builds like our new home in Ashford which should be underway later this year.

“It has been an exciting project and I have been impressed by the range of fresh, yet practical, designs that we have seen from around the world.”

Jeremy Whall, 1st Prize winner commented: “We believe architecture has much to contribute to the quality of care environments, and would like to thank all those involved in organising the competition for thisopportunity toshowcase our ideasto professionals in the field of care provision. Thelack of constraints in the briefallowed us to develop the concept of city centre care provision to its fullest, and it has been a great honour to win a competition that has produced so manyinteresting ideas from other entrants.”

5 Nov 2008

DWA Architects Caring for Older People
International Student Design Competition

The RIBA are working with DWA Architects to launch the DWA Architects Caring for Older People Design Competition. DWA Architects are one of the leading designers of Care Homes in the UK and are currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary.

DWA Architects are organizing this ideas competition, open to all architectural students, to mark this event. The competition is jointly sponsored by DWA Architects and BUPA Care Homes.

The winning entries will be selected by Professor June Andrews of The Dementia Services Development Centre of Stirling University, Neil Hunt the Chief Executive of the Alzheimers Society, Lyth Watson the Director of Business Development of BUPA Care Homes and David Ward the Chief Executive of DWA Architects.

The theme of the competition is designing for older people in 60 to 70 years time. DWA Architects have been designing care homes for older people for 20 years, but how will they look in the future? Will the care home concept be similar to that of today? Will care homes still be located predominantly in built up areas? Will the facilities provided be the same? How will social, economic and environmental sustainability affect the design? Will the current culture be the same? We have seen design standards for the physically disabled develop and become the norm. Design standards for those who live with other forms of disability, including Dementia are now being formulated. What form will these take and how will these shape the care home of tomorrow? How will furniture and landscape design be affected?

None of us can see into the future, but we can all imagine. We therefore invite you to use your imagination and show us your ideas. Furthermore, you can ignore the tangle of legislation and just base your concept designs on your ideas of what form care for older people should take in an ideal world.

Winning designs will receive awards of £3,000 (1st), £1,500 (2nd); and £1,000 (3rd). All architectural students may enter. Entries should be anonymous and comprise no more than 2 x A1 boards with an accompanying design statement.

Full details will be available on the RIBA Competitions Office website from the launch date of 5 January 2009 with entries to be submitted to the RIBA Competitions Office by 6 March 2009. The judges will assess the entries and the winners will be notified by 16 March 2009. An awards ceremony will be held at the RIBA HQ, London at the end of March 2009 and an exhibition will follow.

Caring for Older People Design Competition information from RIBA 051108


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