BESiDE investigates how older people are currently marginalised from society. It will go further by identifying where digital technologies have the potential to address restricting factors for older people within the built environment. I am currently Researcher Co-Investigator on the BESiDE project.
To find out more about the process of designing a care home, we started by interviewing Built Environment Professionals (BEP’s) who work in Architects offices in Scotland. These interviews (10) have started to ‘set the scene’ and have provided insight into the current processes and methods of contemporary design practice focused on designing for the future of the ageing population.
In current architectural discourse there is a lack of method in building evidence to understand the link between buildings and the wellbeing, independence and mobility of the people who use them. In response to this knowledge gap, the Building Interactions Toolkit (BIT-Kit) supports the gathering of real-world interaction evidence within buildings.
I was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architect's (RIBA) Research Trust Award to write and research a monograph focused on a retrospective exploration of Selwyn Goldsmith and his principal work - the Architectural Model of Disability.
In association with the 7th Shanghai Biennale titled ‘Trans-Local-Motion’, fifty students from design schools across the world were, through portfolio submission, selected to take part in the 2008 International Design Summer School. This initiative was hosted by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, Shanghai. During the first year of her PhD, I was invited & the financial support provided by the 2008 Martin Jones Scholarship enabled her to participate.
In addition to academia Lesley has worked within industry in architectural practice in Northern Ireland, New York and Scotland.She has acquired an understanding of a range of architectural and design tactics in different design briefs and she utilises design research methods to develop an empathetic, ethical, user-centred and rigorous approach within her work.
Commissioned for London 2012 Olympics. The client proposed an art gallery presented as theatrical experience. The art is to be enjoyed as a journey of installations and performances, arranged in four intertwining routes , combining to form a hill. The outside surface is landscaped so that visitors can enjoy the view. I was part of a small team who delivered the project to the client body.
With the proposal investigative title of,” a sense of movement”, aim is to investigate the act of movement and the connection of this with the senses of our bodies, in particular the sense of touch. This project was part of my BArch Degree in Architecture and I undertook this project with the sense-loss charity Sense Scotland.