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Wayfinding + wellbeing: connecting people with place to shape positive human experiences

Thursday 21 October 2021 (midday)

About the event

Wayfinding can have a positive or a negative impact on our wellbeing. Designers aim to create spaces people want to spend time in and information to help us navigate easily, but do people with mental health issues navigate built environments differently? Wayfinding often involves recalling information, interpreting information and making decisions based on what we see in the environment. Mental health issues can adversely affect these skills and feeling disorientated can negatively impact a person’s ability to travel or enjoy a place. Our October event takes two different perspectives on how people respond to space, interact with it and move through it, and how wayfinding success or failure can impact our wellbeing. Roger Mackett, an academic in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL shares findings from his recent study of issues encountered during domestic travel by people with mental health conditions. Sara Harraway, an interior designer at CPMG Architects shows us how they design places tailored for their purpose, and consider the wellbeing of the people who will be using the spaces to create positive wayfinding experiences.

Please join us to find out how we can design information and environments that will enhance our wellbeing and improve our navigation of place and space.

This lunchtime event will take place at the earlier time of midday (BST) on Zoom.

About our speakers

Roger Mackett is Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at University College London. He has researched various aspects of transport policy including: the barriers to access for older and disabled people; the use of cars for short trips; and the effects of car use on children’s lives. He is a member of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) which advises the Department for Transport about issues affecting travel by disabled people. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Sara Harraway is a Chartered Interior Designer and shareholder and director of CPMG, a UK-based consultancy providing services in architecture and interior design. Committed to shaping positive human experiences, the practice’s designs are crafted in accordance with its values: PEOPLE PURPOSE PLACE, acknowledging that each brief is unique and the design must be informed by the people who will use it: who they are, what they do, how they do it, what with, who with and where. It is only through in-depth stakeholder engagement that a highly functional and rational environment can be created which will, in turn, promote motivation, productivity and wellbeing.

Register for the event

This talk is free for SDS members. For non-members, the ticket cost is £10 per person. To join our Zoom talk, please get in touch with our administrator Kate at for the event link, ID, and password.

Not a member, unable to join us for the live-streamed event but would like to watch it at a time convenient to you? We now offer the option to watch the event recording on a time-limited basis for the cost of a £10 ticket. Please email Kate for more information.

[Note: this event will be recorded and available to paid-up SDS members via our Talks Archive within a week of taking place.]


Online (via Zoom)


21 Oct 2021 12:00

Price : £10.00

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