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Stephen Geason

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Tasmania Health And Medicine > Aged Care
Health And Medicine > Diseases, Disorders And Syndromes
To conduct meaningful research into age care facilities which will assist in designing for dementia - UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway
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My Churchill Fellowship enabled me to travel to Stirling University, Scotland, where I participated in a ‘design for dementia’ course led by experts from the Dementia Services Development Centre. Equipped with contemporary knowledge I then travelled to the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. There I was able to visit world-leading dementia villages, apartments and homes, and meet with care suppliers, architects, occupational therapists, professors, doctors, academics and people living with dementia.

With my newly acquired knowledge and new-found international friendships, directly assisted by my Churchill Fellowship, I have developed strategic partnerships with international architectural firms, The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and national aged care suppliers to assist in the delivery of much-needed dementia-friendly design in the aged care sector.

I am a practising, registered architect based in Tasmania, and have been involved in the construction industry at various levels for over 25 years. In the past 14 years I have progressed from a certified building designer to holding a Master of Architecture degree and becoming a registered architect.

My current position is founding director of Cykel Architecture. Cykel is a dynamic and innovative architectural company offering a unique design experience.

We approach each project with entrepreneurial flair and individuality. (Cykel is Danish for bike.) We are defined by our creativity and our ability to convert new ideas into affordable, inventive design solutions. We currently have active projects in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

As the director of Cykel and a father of a young family I made a conscious business/life decision to base the company’s office in Hobart and develop collaborative working relationships with mainland Australia and international multi-disciplinary firms, rather than relocate to Melbourne or Sydney.

We live in and love Hobart. Our family home is nestled at the base of Mount Wellington, ten minutes from the CBD of Hobart and its stunning river Derwent. We live an enviable lifestyle. Mountain biking and trail running are my ‘things’. Mount Wellington and the surrounding hills are my backyard, in which I play either on my bike, running on the trails or with my family.

Practising architecture is not merely a job but a way of life. I am a creative problem- solver, choosing to use my professional and life experience to assist and benefit others, more vulnerable, to live a full and enriched life.

I cannot thank the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust enough for the fantastic and amazing opportunity. It truly is a life- changing and rewarding experience I will never forget. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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