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Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling & co-founder of Iridis

Lesley Palmer is the Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling & co-founder of Iridis – a built environment digital assessment programme at the University of Stirling 

With 17 years of professional practice experience, Lesley is an experienced architect and a confident leader of cross disciplinary design teams. She has extensive experience of working closely with housing associations, communities, charitable bodies and third sector organisations, helping them realise their capital design projects; advising on funding, procurement and construction processes. 

Lesley leads the DSDC Dementia Design Team, which offer dementia consultancy services in architecture & design, design training and advising clients throughout their build project on the importance of and practical application of dementia design principles. 

Lesley works globally supporting clients in projects in Japan, India, Australia, America , Europe and the UK. Her fields of interest are: designing for people with dementia; demonstrating impact through good design & community benefits; and democratising architecture. 

In addition to her roles at the University of Stirling, Lesley is the Founder of INCH Architecture & Design (a social enterprise architecture practice based in Glasgow) and a Director of Resilient Scotland (a trust providing social investment to organisations within areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland). 

Lesley previously held the position of Studio Director for the BSc Honours year at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. and has been a guest critic at several acclaimed schools of architecture including; Bauhaus Weimar, University of Sheffield and Glasgow School of Art.