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Scott Colegate

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Day Presenting:  Monday 29 October
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Session Concurrent A5- Environment and Design
Presentation Title Designing for a New Era
Position Title Principal
Company Marchese Partners

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In an increasingly complex and competitive seniors and aged care sector the design of the physical environment for ageing people has a renewed relevance.
But what does ‘good design’ really mean when applied to the built environment for ageing people? More importantly how do you achieve it; ensuring the design effort is focussed on delivering outcomes that fundamentally improve the lives of ageing people and is not misdirected towards cosmetic and superficial improvements that make little real difference.
Using the recently completed Gaynes Park Manor, recipient of ‘Best universal design for social, health and wellness engagement spaces for ageing people” at the 6th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2018 as a case study, the presentation will provide an overview of the Gaynes Park design philosophy and the key elements of the design recognised as most essential for empowering resident autonomy, promoting independent function, social inclusion, community connectedness and quality of life.
In particular the presentation will focus on key issues including ‘dementia friendly’ design, strategies for ensuring ageing people can intuitively move around and find key places, the importance of balancing sensory deprivation and sensory over-stimulation in the interior design, the challenges of blending a ‘home like’ and familiar atmosphere with the necessary clinical functions of a high care facility and the role new technologies are playing to support ageing people and create an embracing, equitable place for people of all ages.
And most importantly how the design addresses the competing needs for privacy and social connection in a multi-resident living environment; facilitating easy and natural social interaction for all residents with choice and control over the level of integration that suits their personal preferences.
The presentation will conclude with the important insight that even if you get all this right, the best designed physical environment will only be effective if it functions as an integral part of the operational model and support services of the individual service provider. When this occurs a powerful ‘triumvirate’ is formed where all parts are working in harmony and a synergy is created; the whole is infinitely greater than the individual sum of the parts.
A collaborative working relationship is essential to this success, in particular the role of the service provider as ‘co-designer’ where shared vision, shared values, mutual trust and respect, and a free exchange of ideas early in the process are essential to a successful project.


Working as part of the internationally recognised Marchese Partnership, Scott is passionate about the role that good design can play in making life better for ageing people.

With over 15 years experience in the architectural profession, Scott has been involved in Seniors Living and Aged Care projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Most recently Scott has led the design and delivery of the Gaynes Park Manor Residential Aged Care project in Adelaide for Life Care, winner of the ‘Best Universal Design for social, health and wellness egagement spaces for ageing people’ at the 6th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovations Awards 2018.