We are at the forefront of designing for ageing and dementia.

Designers, Collaborators and Partners

Our Mission: to advance research and the implementation of EVIDENCE based best practice design for ageing and dementia.

DDS architects was established in 2017 by Greg and Fiona Walsh to improve medical and clinical outcomes for older people and people living with dementia through design.

In 2018, they were made Fellows of the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin and UCSF, San Francisco where they worked and researched with world leaders in brain health to advance the understanding of the links between cognitive function and design. Their work shows that design can either accelerate cognitive and functional decline or support it.

To date they have worked on audits of towns and cities, health and care facilities, housing etc to determine how suitable they are for older people and people living with cognitive, sensory and/or physical impairments.

Their design work and consultancy extends into dementia units, care and nursing homes, housing, schools and hospitals. They currently train physicians, carers, families and design professionals on the link between design and brain health.

Today dementia affects 55 million people and is expected to grow to over 139 million by 2050. Design is a key intervention that is shown to reduce health and care costs while supporting people living dementia live with more dignity and greater independence for longer.

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Senior Fellows of the Global Brain Health Institute.

Global Brain Health Institute

Fiona and Greg Walsh are fellows of the GBHI based at Trinity College, Dublin and UCSF, San Francisco. We have developed a deep understanding of the clinical needs and lived experience.

Our research has shown that early design intervention supports cognitive function, independence and improves the standard of health and well-being for the individual while reducing operational and care costs.

Poor design results in accelerated cognitive and functional decline; increasing health and care costs.

Our work is outcomes focused, evidence based and truly person centric.


Fiona Walsh
Principal Architect

Fiona Walsh B.Arch FRIAI RIBA ARB Senior Atlantic Fellow in Brain Health, Global Brain Health Institute is a practicing chartered architect of distinction holding two Fellowships, one in architecture and one in neuroscience/ brain health. Fiona has combined this knowledge to advance the understanding of how to design better and more operational efficient buildings, that support senior living and people living with cognitive and sensory deficits.

Her work has been published in the Lancet Neurology and the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. She has written audit reports and community design guides for the National Dementia Office, Ireland and blogs on design for Alzheimer’s Disease International. She is an international speaker on inclusive design and dedicates much of her time to advocacy work creating awareness of the importance of inclusive design in supporting cognitive and functional abilities.

Fiona co-founded DDS Architects that specialises in designing inclusive environments: master planning, access consultancy, interior architecture and design.


Fiona’s LinkedIn

Greg Walsh
Managing Director

Greg Walsh BA(Hons)Bus. Studies, Dip.Bus.Mgt, Atlantic Fellow Global Brain Health Institute, has 20+ years working in the healthcare sector, for US multi-nationals based in Switzerland, US and Canada. He has worked in partnership with patients, governments, health authorities and physicians with great success, resulting in better patient decision making, improved clinical outcomes and lower health system costs. In 2018, Greg was made an Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute (www.gbhi.org) for his work in dementia design. In 2019, Greg completed a residential Atlantic Fellowship in brain health with the GBHI in Trinity College Dublin and UCSF, San Francisco. Greg lobby’s governments and global bodies to incorporate dementia design into national dementia strategy.


Greg’s LinkedIn

The Houses of the Oireachtas

Greg and Fiona Walsh after presenting to the Houses of the Oireachtas at Lenister House, Ireland. The impact of the environment on older people and people living with cognitive and/or sensory impairments.

Pictured with Senator Joan Freeman, Prof Ian Robertson, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof Sean Kennelly, geriatric and stroke consultant physician.

Greg and Fiona Walsh after presenting to the Houses of the Oireachtas at Lenister House, Ireland

#understandstandtogether Conference

Today our community supports #dementia and are standing together to create a more inclusive society for people living with dementia, #cognitive and or sensory impairments. More than 120 key stakeholders attended our conference, which aimed to make West Berkshire a more inclusive environment, whilst also reducing health and social care.

“I am delighted to have chaired the day and to be appointed chairman of the West Berkshire DAA. A big thank you to all the volunteers in the DAA who made the day possible.” – Greg Walsh

Let us remove the obstacles in the way of doing the right thing.

Read the Understand Stand Together report – click here to read.

Global Brain Health Institute