Re-imagining ageing

The head of Rice Daubney’s new Aged Design sector says he is unhappy with the status quo.

Architectural firm Rice Daubney has established a new Aged Design sector that will be headed by Guy Luscombe, an experienced aged care architect.

The new division has been set up to respond to the growing demand for buildings that meet the needs and expectations of Australia’s ageing population.

Mr Luscombe has over 25 years of architectural experience and for more than eight years, he has focused exclusively on seniors and aged care projects.

He recently worked on a new multi-level care community at Gordon in Canberra which includes 86 villas and a 100-bed facility, a 74 bed multi-storey residential care building in Nambucca Heads and a 128 villa staged seniors living development in Lithgow.

Mr Luscombe said he is unhappy with the status quo and he wants to re-imagine aged environments, recognising and embracing the challenges of the ageing population.

“At Rice Daubney we believe there is a need to focus on the design of the buildings and communities to address this change,” he said.

“We believe the physical environment does affect our well being and that the most important thing we can do is provide the stage for a healthy and positive living experience for the older person.”

Mr Luscombe is currently involved in the peer review of the NSW Government Ageing and Disability Accommodation Design Guidelines.

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