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Chief Architect, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling

Lesley Palmer is the Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling.

With 20 years of professional practice experience, Lesley is an experienced architect with extensive international experience of designing and advising on dementia-friendly design principles.

Lesley leads the DSDC Design team which offer dementia design consultancy, training and impact delivery on live projects, internationally. She is responsible for project scoping, development, delivery, quality assurance and governance. Managing contract administration, budget expenditure and staff development. Lesley is involved with projects in Japan, India, America, Australia, Europe and the UK.

In addition to her role at the DSDC, Lesley is one of the co-founders of Iridis, a joint venture company between the University of Stirling and Space Group, Newcastle, a Director of INCH Architecture & Design,.a Steering Group Member for the British Standards Institute PAS 6463: Design for the Mind, a member of the Dementia Ageing Research Group, University of Stirling, and External Steering Committee Member of the PRIDEM, Newcastle University. Lesley is involved in several research projects with a focus on ageing, dementia and the built environment.


  • 2012–present
    Director, INCH Architecture + Design
  • 2015–present
    Chief Architect, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling
  • 2008–2012
    Teaching Fellow, University of Strathclyde


  • 2005 
    University of Strathclyde, MSc Urban Design
  • 2003 
    University of Strathclyde, BSc(Hons) Architectural Studies

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland