Introducing Our New Wellness Lead – Ian Gibson
We are so pleased to introduce our new Wellness Studio Principal, Ian Gibson.
Ian has more than 15 years of experience in the design and delivery of wellness spaces including Maternity Units, Intensive Care Units, Mental Health Clinics and Aged-Care Facilities. He is a passionate advocate for the role that high-quality design plays in improving patient outcomes.
We recently sat down with Ian to find out what originally drew him into the sector, as well as his vision for the NBRSARCHITECTURE Wellness Studio.
What drew you to working in the Health and Wellness Sector?
Early on in my career I was introduced to health projects by chance. The firm I was working for grew their health sector while I was a young graduate, so this is what I fell into. After a few years I began to see projects I had worked on completed and operational, which highlighted the positive impact design could have on people. This experience led me to specialise in the sector.
What do you want to bring to the NBRS Wellness Studio?
Patient Focused Design
I would like to bring a focus on the consumer to the forefront of our design process. Our design ideas will be tested from a patient or resident perspective, and in each case, we will assess how architecture can positively contribute to health outcomes.
A Research Based Approach
Research and innovation will also be a big focus. In the past the NBRS team has undertaken research into Acute Care, Residential Care, and Emergency Departments. Our aim will be to build upon this expertise and take the time to examine how we design and why.
What most excites you about the Wellness space going into 2020?
There are some very exciting things happening in the Mental Health sector at the moment. In recent years this area has received a lot of media attention, gained greater public understanding and secured additional funding. I’m really looking forward to seeing how we can deliver innovative, safe and comfortable spaces that contribute to mental wellbeing.
Aged Care and Retirement Living
Another area where new ways of thinking are having an impact on architecture is in the Aged Care and Retirement Living sector. Combining RAC and ILU developments with community and health uses can have great benefits to a resident’s ability to access facilities and services. This precinct model really supports aging-in-place, which enables residents to enjoy their facilities, community and social network for longer.