William McMorran and Roland McMorran
William is passionate about revolutionising design for accessibility, care, dementia and community life. He has 40 years of award winning experience as an Architect and is now dedicating this experience to positively transforming approaches and attitudes to architecture for accessibility and care.
He teamed up with Roland in November 2012 to form Architectonicus Ltd, a Practice focused entirely on wellbeing centred design, ability and positive choice making.
In 2016 William won a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship, travelling internationally, visiting some of the most acclaimed environments of care, and meeting leading experts in recovery, dementia, and supporting well-being. This resulted in a report, now available as a published document: ‘The Architecture of Care’.
William’s design credentials and thought leadership are backed up by his wife, ex-British Number One Wheelchair tennis player and Paralympian, Janet McMorran. Considerable mental health challenges within the family have also served to highlight poor insight and attitudes to the effect excellent positive design can have on people living with disability or vulnerable to mental illness.
William is Lead Design Architect at Architectonicus, members of Association of Dementia Studies Expert Working Group, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, conference speaker and champion for ability focused architecture.
Roland leads study of research documents and business development for Architectonicus. Studying the factors that support well-being, mental health, accessibility and positive choice making.
His background as a professional carer and delivering art sessions for people living in residential care give crucial experience that backs up Architectonicus’ design process, informing us of the real challenges of first hand care work, as well as insight into the challenges present in the lives of people receiving care.
Roland is a practising artist, and has studied up to postgraduate level at the Royal Drawing School. He has a strong interest in the effect environments, the arts and creative activity have on individuals and socially in a wider context. He extensively studies research documents to this end.
Roland is also working with colleagues on creation of a new organisation ‘Good Brain Gang’ that will, as a first project, create a new form of modern, research based, day support and community activity centre.
Entrepreneurial in spirit, but passionate about wellbeing, design, the arts, creativity and mental health, Roland forms a key role in developing the insight into supporting wellbeing, dementia and positive accessibility that informs Architectonicus’ team to create effective ability centred architecture and interiors.
The architecture of accessibility & care: well-being comes before everything
William and Roland will offer a visionary new approach to design for accessibility and care, presenting the case for revolutionising standard approaches to architecture and interior re-development. For some years checklist style advice, on accessible and dementia friendly design has been available from various research institutions. Taking care institutions as an example, it's visible that despite this, care homes continue to close at worrying rates and only 1% of adult social care remains rated as outstanding (CQC The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2015/16). Is the fundamental architecture of accessibility, dementia and other care environments playing a role in the difficulty of delivering outstanding care and living outstanding lives? If so, how? Can the underlying architecture, instead, play a wider role in making everyday life uplifting, care giving easier, all round wellbeing better and the buildings more affordable to construct?