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'Buildings in the Making’: A Sociological Exploration of Architectural Design for Care

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 9.00AM to 5.00pm

Speaker(s): Various

‘Buildings in the Making’ is an interdisciplinary research symposium, and end of project conference for the study – Buildings in the Makinga sociological exploration of architecture for health and social care – funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (2015-2018). The aim of the conference is to create dialogue between sociology, anthropology, architecture and design, with a focus on architecture in health care and social care, in particular later life care. Although not health and social care professionals, architects are often employed to create settings where care takes place, and shape experiences in these contexts. While the focus of research has often been on individual buildings in use, the conference shifts the emphasis to the processes and practices of architectural design and construction, and how they shape the production of buildings for care.

Conference organisers: Sarah Nettleton (PI), Daryl Martin (CI), Christina Buse (Researcher), Sian Beynon-Jones (CI), Ellen Annandale (CI)

Plenary speakers: Sarah Pink, Anthropologist, RMIT University, Australia

-Stephen Witherford, Witherford Watson Mann Architects, UK 

-Ken Worpole, Writer and Social Historian, UK 


Other confirmed speakers include:

-Margo Annemans, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium  

-Karim Hadjri, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK 

-Catharina Nord, Department of Spatial Planning, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. 

-Flora Samuel, School of Architecture, University of Reading, UK, and RIBA Vice President for Research

-Dylan Tutt, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, UK 

-Richard Ward, Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling, UK



We welcome poster presentations from different disciplines which relate to the conference themes – this may include: the role of the architect; design/construction for health and social care; working relationships in design and construction; architecture for later life care; age friendly/dementia friendly design. Postgraduate and early career applications are particularly encouraged. Please send an abstract of up to 200 words to The deadline for abstracts is 31 July.

The event is free but places are limited, to reserve a place please register here 

Location: The Hospitium Museum Gardens York YO30 7DR

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