What is connectivity in design?

Part of what makes Guild Living different from other later living options is our connectivity to the heart of local communities. All of our locations are situated in vibrant town and city centres and blend intergenerational facilities that are open to the public. To find more about connectivity and how this impacts design check out this video from Stewart Dean, Principal at Marchese Partners.

What is connectivity in design?

Connectivity covers many different facets. On a wider spectrum, connectivity really relates to where the building is located.

Generally, you will get 35-40 % of your residents moving in within a five-mile radius so when we talk about connectivity from the outside we are talking about how people can connect to their social networks, their families and their friends. You don’t want people to move 50 or 60 miles away from where they do not have those social connections.

Within the building itself being able to connect with social groups, use the amenity spaces and get them out of their apartments mainly because we want them to socialise with other residents which is a real key part of fighting loneliness.


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.