Rebecca McLaughlanAustralian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow
University of Newcastle
My research is motivated by the suspicion that it is during times of intense vulnerability that architecture has the most profound effect. Across palliative and end-of-life care, mental health, oncology and paediatric healthcare, my research looks at the perception and use of healthcare spaces. How do healthcare environments make people feel, and how do can they best support staff in the delivery of patient care? Once we have this research, how can it be successfully translated into practice; as a registered architect (NZ), I understand that design advice which fails to account for the complexities of policy, procurement and politics has limited value for practitioners. More broadly, my work engages with design thinking, design pedagogy, interdisciplinary design practices, and knowledge-creation within architectural practice.