Currently being updated to be a complete list of all my outputs, publications, engagement events and press mentions.
I currently research within and between the realms of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), Accessibility and the Built Environment and have a developing output of original, peer-reviewed, research publication between Architecture, Design and Computing. In addition to academic publications, I frequently utilize other ‘high impact’ forums to engage with professional bodies, sometimes in an expert capacity, to ensure research findings have the opportunity improve the ‘real-world’ engineering of architecture and design.
On changing disciplines I have embraced opportunities to give guest lectures in relation to my research at SiDE and BESiDE and under themes of accessibility, HCI and user-centred methodologies. I often speak to professional architects and architectural bodies about my research, which directly impacts on their design practice in regards to enabling users of their building. This type of expert consultation has had a direct impact on design practice with one Associate Architect stating:
‘This approach is in stark contrast to the prescriptive ‘solutions’ that prevail in current practice. Current DDA ‘solutions’ imposed as a set of rules do not afford the designer any clear understanding of the fundamental issues that they should be tackling. Your study will help us to define and understand the problem in the first instance. Armed with that understanding, appropriate solutions will follow. I believe we can only hope to find appropriate design solutions if we firstly understand the problem we are trying to solve.’
In addition to writing I also review publications for journals and conferences in my related areas of research and practice.
Please download my CV for a complete list of dissemination outputs.
As part of the Digital Futures 2014, Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, we describe how BESiDE investigates themes of ageing, wellbeing, and digital technologies within the context of built environment design. Focused on initial reflections from contemporary design practice we discuss that, design guidance; a lack of research ‘tools’ to engage with users; an absent research culture; and missing elements of design training, are factors preventing a designer’s contextual engagement with the experiences of older people and technologies within the built environment. We also present the continuing work and methods planned for assessing the user experience within care environments.
At ASSETS, The 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, we reported on the experiences of visually impaired users in navigating buildings. We focus on an investigation of the way-finding experiences by 10 participants with varying levels of visual ability, as they undertook a way-finding task in unfamiliar public building. Through applying the BITKit framework in this preliminary user study, we were able to uncover 54 enabling and disabling interactions within the building. While the public building used adhered to building legislation, our findings identified a number of problems including, issues associated with using doors, hazards caused by building finishes and difficulty in knowing what to do in the case of an emergency evacuation. This user study has demonstrated a disparity between design guidance and the accessibility needs of building users. It has uncovered evidence to enable architects to begin to design for the real needs of building users who have a range of visual impairment.
At CHI ’13 (Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems), We describe BESiDE, a multi-disciplinary research project that investigates themes of ageing, wellbeing, and digital technologies within the context of built environment design. Focused on initial reflections from contemporary design practice we discuss that, design guidance; a lack of research ‘tools’ to engage with users; an absent research culture; and missing elements of design training, are factors preventing a designer’s holistic engagement with the experiences of older people and technologies within the built environment. We also present the continuing work and methods planned for assessing the user experience within older peoples’ care environments.
Lesley was invited to contribute a summary of her Selwyn Goldsmith research to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Year Book.
Affectionately known as the ‘Early Accessibility Pioneer’ and the ‘Grandfather of Universal Design’, Goldsmith, the first Architect to receive the Harding Award for his services to disabled people, led the way in providing understanding of disability within the context of Architecture.
This article describes ‘BESiDE’ to the National community of Built Environment Professionals interested in accessibility. It outlines how, based between the University of Dundee and Newcastle University, we are investigating themes of ageing, wellbeing, accessibility and digital technologies within built environment design.
CAE’s Access by Design is the UK’s leading quarterly publication on inclusive design. The journal regularly features design sheets, building studies, updates on legislation and case law, reports on current research and book reviews.
This article describes ‘BESiDE’ to an Architectural Community. It outlines how, based between the University of Dundee and Newcastle University, we are investigating themes of ageing, wellbeing, accessibility and digital technologies within built environment design.
Dr Lesley McIntyre was awarded a RIBA Research Trust Award to collate and write the monograph of Selwyn Goldsmith and this article presents a summary of this research. (Philip) Selwyn Goldsmith, Architect, Researcher and Author, worked relentlessly throughout his life to provide understanding for access and inclusion within architectural design. Author of several influential books, he was the first Architect to receive the Harding Award for services to disabled people and will always be remembered as the Early Accessibility Pioneer and the Grandfather of Universal Design. Throughout his professional life, Selwyn challenged what he termed as ‘institutional discrimination’ of the buildings that placed barriers in the way of people who wanted to use them. He regularly worked with HRH Prince Charles, as part of the Prince of Wales Advisory Group on Disability, and travelled all over the world giving lectures focused on ‘access for everyone’ instead of just ‘access for the disabled’.
This article describes BESiDE, a multi-disciplinary research project that investigates themes of ageing, wellbeing, accessibility and digital technologies within the context of built environment design. Through the development of dialogue tools, indoor localization and physical activity tracking sensors, BESiDE is taking steps towards enhancing understanding of accessibility within the design of care home environments.
Lifelong Health and Wellbeing showcase 2013.
In Press McIntyre, L. J. ‘Selwyn Goldsmith (1932-2011)’. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press (Details TBC)
Invited Speaker at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
Invited Speaker at the IDEA Centre, Centre for inclusive design and environmental access, ISE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) and the Rehab Sciences Department, University at Buffalo, NY.
This paper was presented at Ecobuild 2013 as it won best non domestic paper award from the Building Research Establishment. The Facilities management journal website published the full paper in PDF form.
Dr Lesley Mcintyre gave a public talk as part of the Dundee Cafe Science Series.
We are living in an ageing world. This creates lots of design challenges for architects and designers if they are to design a supportive environment. This is really important in Care Home Environments.
How can the design of care homes better support older adults in maintaining their wellbeing, independence, mobility and quality of life? What would you want and need if you lived in a care home? WiFi, natural light and colour, privacy, your own front door? Understanding how to create such environments remains a key challenge.
Dr Lesley McIntyre from the University of Dundee is carrying out research to tackle this challenge. She is giving a voice to the users, measuring physical activity, and tracing and modelling movement within care homes to generate evidence of what is needed in the future of care home design.
In this talk Lesley explained how she is collecting this evidence. She gave an overview of findings and discussed plans of how this new knowledge will be disseminated into design practice.
This was followed by supportive and extensive question and answer session from a very engaged audience.
The University of Dundee published a press release to mark the Voices from Care Homes Event. This was picked up by several outlets including STV and The Academic Health Science Partnership.
Dr Lesley McIntyre was interviewed about her role in computing, her expertise in architecture and her passion for technology in as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Computing.
Dr McIntyre works in the Accessibility Team, as part of the SiDE (Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy) project, and she is also a Researcher/Co Investigator on the BESiDE (The Built Environment for Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy) project. Her work focuses on how buildings can enable and disable people.
For her Architecture PhD (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council), Dr McIntyre worked with people with visual impairments, to explore how architecture can support and limit individuals.