Space Architects host IRIDIS Designing for Dementia seminar with Stirling University

Space Architects recently welcomed industry guests from the design and healthcare sector to engage in a seminar co-hosted with their collaborative partner the University of Stirling and their specialist design group, the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).

The seminar focused on the joint venture and cutting-edge dementia design app, IRIDIS. The app concentrates on the development of research-based construction technologies specialising in the field of dementia, ageing and design. IRIDIS, launched in October of 2017, provides expert guidance at the touch of a button.

There are many aspects to which the app aids homeowners in need of assistance. IRIDIS, will make a simple assessment of a person’s home and recommend changes that can be made to the building. Design modification data collected from the app allows for IRIDIS to continually update the app and improve results for future users.

The data within the app will also make recommendations on property design and refurbishment for construction professionals. It is aligned to digital construction methodology, with links to the Building Information Modelling provider bimstore. This allows designers to search and download BIM objects from construction product manufacturers that are specifically designed to meet dementia care design standards.

Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group talked about how IRIDIS works,

“IRIDIS is about taking the information that we already produce in BIM using digital work flows and then gathering data through this process.

“We can then use this information to establish how we can use it in care environments in the future.”

At the event, industry guests from a variety of design, architectural and health care organisations were welcomed into the Space Architecture hub for the seminar on Tuesday July 31st. The seminar featured a presentation from the University of Stirling’s Chief Architect at the DSDC, Lesley Palmer.

Once the seminar had concluded, Lesley discussed the relationship between Stirling University and Space Architects,

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Space Architects, the app is only the beginning of a long-term strategic plan…”

Lesley also said,

“Space Architects expertise and construction technology BIM has been something we see as very unique, so we were quite keen to work with the company in 2017 when we launched”.

The future of IRIDS and the technology used to implement design following the app has sufficient potential moving forward. The IRIDIS team is already considering the implementation of big data and artificial intelligence to see how it can be used in care environments for the future of dementia design.

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