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By Ailidh Aikman

December 13th, 2021

DSDC Associates

DSDC is incredibly fortunate to have its core business supported by a range of global Associates. DSDC Associates are industry specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Currently we have Associates in Australia, Japan and the UK.



   Debbie de Fiddes

As the CEO of de Fiddes Design, Debbie has over 30 years' experience in designing for aged care, dementia and retirement living and implements projects locally, nationally and internationally. Debbie established the Design Guidelines for Dementia and Aged Care for the NSW Health Department and has written several publications. She has also completed a number of study tours nationally and internationally and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. Debbie is founding partner and director of the Evoke Collective Australasia.


   Kirsty Bennett

Kirsty is an architect with over 25 years of experience designing for people living with dementia. Having undertaken several study tours in Australia, Europe, Japan and Canada, Kirsty has met with older people, staff, and architects to explore design and management issues. Over the years Kirsty has co-authored a number of key design principles, articles, and books. Kirsty is the founding manager of Dementia Training Australia’s national Environments Service and is currently a Senior Academic Consultant in DTA’s Environments team which is based at the University of Wollongong. She is also co-founder of the Evoke Collective Australasia and undertaking a PhD at Swinburne University exploring the topic: ‘What role can design play in encouraging older people in residential aged care to have greater physical contact with outdoors?’


   Terri Preece

Terri has a broad health and aged care industry career that spans more than 35 years. 12 of those years have been with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the aged care arena, auditing quality and operations, managing, developing and contributing to audit tools, guidelines and projects. Terri has also spent time working for Alzheimer’s Australia Vic in course development and facilitation and for the last eight years has been a senior environmental design consultant with Dementia Training Australia, providing onsite education, assessment and advice for residential aged care, health and community services. Terri is also an integral team member of the Evoke Collective Australasia.



   Dai Kiuchi

Dai Kiuchi is a senior consultant at Mediva Inc., a consulting and operations company specialised in healthcare. In his current role, he has been involved in a wide range of domestic and international projects including healthcare market research, healthcare service management and operations, and new business development and implementation. Since 2015, Dai has been playing a key role in projects to implement dementia-friendly design into Japan’s care facilities , hospitals and public buildings. He has also been involved in the development of dementia-friendly design guidelines in one of the cities in Japan. He currently works on a project to implement dementia -friendly design into hospital and measure its impact on people with dementia and staff. His other projects include setting up health screening clinics in Japan and India. Before joining Mediva Inc. in 2014, he spent nearly 10 years as a physiotherapist working in the UK healthcare sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University in Japan and master’s degree from the Robert Gordon University in the UK.


   Kanoko Oishi

Ms Kanoko Oishi is a graduate of Osaka University School of Law (valedictorian) and a holder of an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She founded Mediva Inc. in 2000 after working as a partner at McKinsey & Company in both Japan and the US. She is the CEO of Mediva Inc. as well as the COO of Medical Corporation Platanus, a healthcare provider arm of Mediva.

Mediva stands for Medical Innovation and Value-Added and is a consulting and operation company specialized in healthcare. It not only provides consulting services but also develops and operates its own healthcare and social care services, including elderly day care services focused on functional training, in-home medical care services, and community nursing services.

She has served on numerous governmental committees, including at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Secretariat, and is an expert committee member of the Regulatory Reform Council.

She is an outside board member of various companies including Shiseido Japan Co., Santen Pharmaceutical Co., and Ezaki Glico Co. She is also a member of the Japan Advisory Board at Harvard Business School, and a member of the Management Council at Osaka University.



United Kingdom

Kathy Li

Kathy is Stage 1 Leader for Undergraduate Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London to work for an independent womens’ housing association on their housing refurbishment programme. Kathy returned to Scotland in 2001 to work at Gareth Hoskins Architects on projects such as the new children’s hospice for CHAS and Culloden Battlefield Visitor. She began teaching in architecture at Strathclyde University in 2003 and balanced this with continuing to practice at StudioKAP and then StoneOpera. Whilst teaching at Strathclyde Kathy was awarded the inaugural RIAS Design Tutor of the Year Award 2010. She joined Glasgow School of Art in 2011, progressing from part-time role to full time position leading Stage 3. Kathy still works as occasional consultant on StoneOpera projects.

Kathy’s interests lie in architectural pedagogies, learning environments and developing links between the profession and the public. These themes were established through her work with StoneOpera where she was part of the ’Critical Dialogues’ team representing Scotland at the 2012 Venice Biennale. In the same year this team were awarded the Royal Scottish Academy Medal for Architecture in 2012. Critical Dialogues was subsequently exhibited at the Lighthouse in Glasgow in 2013 and as part of a Venice retrospective in 2015. In 2014 during the opening of GSofA’s Reid Building Kathy exhibited ‘Moments in Construction’ a series of photographs recording the ephemera of construction of Steven Holl’s design. Kathy is currently working with GSofA’s Digital Design Studio on the Design Research Atlas of the Mackintosh (DRAM) a project developing ways to disseminate material & media on the Mackintosh Building which can be accessible to all.


   Marion Preez

Marion Preez is a qualified landscape architect. She is co-founder of UrbanPioneers who have experience in landscape architecture, place making, urban design, green infrastructure, engagement and publications. They work in all scales from masterplanning to private gardens and deliver projects from inception to completion on site. Their designs are based on research of the local context and a thorough understanding of the surroundings. Successful place-making grows out of local context, a good understanding of the brief, the site, the constraints and opportunities. The aim to create resilient, sustainable and inclusive landscapes, which are low in maintenance but rich in form and texture.

As an Associate of the DSDC Marion brings her knowledge on designing outdoor spaces within the care and healthcare setting, public and private open spaces, public realm and the city wide scale. Marion has been engaged in research reviews and developing best guidance practice designing outdoor spaces for elderly and people living with dementia. As part of her practice she undertakes inclusive age-related design and improvements to all outdoor spaces.


   Peter Kerr

Peter has over 25 years’ experience working in building services design. He has many interests, including circadian lighting, health and wellness in the workplace, assessing a zero carbon emission future and over the last few years the integration and implementation of smart building technologies.


Una Lynch

A nurse, midwife and public health nurse Una is founding director of Sonrisa Solutions Ltd in Northern Ireland and joined the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Centre as a Senior Associate in 2016.  

 In a career spanning over thirty years she has worked in education, practice and policy across the island of Ireland, Latin America, Africa and with WHO in Copenhagen and has led several EU, national and international research projects. Her doctoral thesis “Public Health: why are the Cubans so successful?” was completed in 2007 and for the past 10 years her work with Cuba has focused primarily on active ageing. She has recently (2018) completed three projects on ageing.  The first was an EU funded research study on the ethical issues associated with use of robots in care of people who have dementia. The second was a series of six case studies, for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, that highlight the impact of the Arts in alleviating social isolation and loneliness for older people; including carers and people with dementia. The case studies build on work that Una completed for the ACNI in 2016. The third project is an evaluation of a Big Lottery project ‘Well Aware’. Delivered by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Well Aware is focused on promotion of health and wellbeing of older people.  

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