How is technology changing the design process?

Today technology is accelerating and with advances becoming increasingly rapid, we want to find out how this impacts the design process.

This week on Ageing Unlocked we chat to Stewart Dean, Principal at Marchese Partners, about how they are reacting to the rate of technological innovation and how they plan to use technology to positively impact future residents lives.

How is technology changing the design process?

We are very forward in the way that we use technology with design at Marchese Partners. We are great believers in VR and we have been using this in the past couple of years as a design tool. We use VR from the outset to model our buildings and then take our clients through the building at a very early stage. One of our mantras is that we want our client to be able to walk through our buildings way before they are built. The next process of this is taking through prospective residents.

Our mantra moving forward is research. Marchese is investing a great deal of money in terms of research. One of those elements is VR and research and how we can model in affect spaces and then test those on people to see how they react to the spaces. Part of the research and development that Marchese is undertaking is looking at new and innovative ways that we can positively affect the residents’ lives. This can be anything from how a door handle feels on our hands if you have arthritis to understanding whether a tap is hot or cold if you have a visual impairment. We are putting a lot of work into creating these new and innovative ideas to fold back into the way that we design moving forward to push the boundaries in understanding how people live and how they respond to the built environment.


Stewart has been part of the Marchese team for over 17 years. During this time Stewart has worked in the Sydney office and was the Principal of the Brisbane office and has been instrumental in the growth of the senior living brand for Marchese Partners.

Through his experience in Australia working on landmark later living projects, Stewart has gained an innate understanding of the sector and how well-considered design can positively affect and influence the residents, to live more fulfilling active, happy lives. Stewart has been involved with steering committees at a number of later living developments in Australia and is committed to bettering the lives of the residents with this resident first attitude.

Stewart brings this experience into leading the London Studio to deliver the unique Guild Living offering.