Watch Parlour LAB 19, a challenging and rewarding session on designing for dementia and culture in residential care environments with Kate Swaffer and Yim Eng Ng.

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Developing the theme of care from LAB 16, this session explores what good design means in the context of residential care facilities. Watch this moving and insightful conversation about how culture and a holistic understanding of wellbeing can influence design with two key researchers, Yim Eng Ng and Kate Swaffer, in a conversation convened by Kali Marnane and Kelum Palipane.

Yim Eng Ng is a Senior Associate at Conrad Gargett and PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, who researches the design considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in aged care homes.

Kate Swaffer, retired nurse, PhD Candidate at the University of South Australia, co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, and Disability Rights Campaigner, lives and researches the experiences of people living with dementia including collaborating in the development of a Dignity Manifesto of Design.

For resources and material, see the following:

To read more about Kate’s research, see the following papers and reports:


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This session was recorded live on 21 April, 2023.