How is research changing your design process?

This week we’re back with Stewart Dean, our resident expert on design, to find out how research impacts design today.

How is research changing your design process?

At Marchese Partners, we are great believers in evidence-based research.

We have many links with Universities such as the University of Stirling, the University of Bath and Melbourne University in Australia. We have carried out a number of audits of our completed buildings which are key in understanding how a resident utilises the space.

This is an ongoing process that we take and this then feeds back into our design which is key for us to be able to learn from what we have built and then employ that in future projects.


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.