Training for Dementia Design and RIBA CPD

DSDC provides high-impact training and education opportunities on design for dementia, including its signature Intersection of Dementia + Design course

Feedback from the team following the recent 2 day training session has been excellent, they now feel not only well equipped but also inspired to make changes to our housing to ensure the environment is enabling for people with dementia to allow them to live alone independently for as long as possible.
Planning & Commissioning Manager
Perth & Kinross Council

Case studies

I attended the Intersection of Dementia + Design training course in 2019 and found the depth of the training provided over the two days both comprehensive and inspiring. I now class myself as an advocate / champion for good dementia design within my organisation. I have already put much of the learning into practice, as well as spending time raising awareness amongst colleagues to convert them too.

I am currently working as part of a team to deliver an ambitious adult social care capital programme. I am now using the knowledge I gained from the course on a weekly basis to influence the design of the new builds from initial concept through to detailed design stage.

I now feel more confident to challenge design decisions that are not in the best interests of people living with dementia and I am continuing to raise awareness amongst colleagues from all parts of the council and partner organisations.

I can honestly say that the course truly did impact on my practice which will lead to improved lives for people living with dementia in Kirklees.

~ Julie Uttley, Service Manager, Kirklees Council

Introduction to Dementia + Design

DSDC offers this course both online and face to face. The online programme is a taster to the Intersection of Dementia + Design and can be completed over a month, at a pace that suits you. The face to face programme is a one day course aimed at staff who need to understand the importance of design for people with dementia but do not have a direct role in influencing design. This programme can also provide an ideal starting point for teams about to embark on a new venture. 

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Intersection of Dementia + Design

DSDC’s Intersection of Dementia + Design is the world's leading specialist programme on dementia design, which attracts international participants with widely different backgrounds and experience, making this an especially rich and enduring learning experience. This course is delivered both face to face and online.

The face to face training programme consists of two days of lectures, workshops and activities which equip professionals with an interest in dementia and design with all they need to know about tackling the environmental issues which affect people with dementia. The online version is completed over a twelve week period, designed to be flexible to allow you to work at a suitable pace. The course syllabus for the online verison is available here.

The course includes:

  • sessions led by respected specialists on all key aspects of design for dementia– interiors, gardens, lighting, signage
  • space to explore the evidence of world-leading dementia design
  • practical workshops on how good design and low cost changes to the environment promote safety, increase opportunities for independent living and reduce service costs

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Bespoke courses can be tailored to specific interests or needs and can be delivered at a venue to suit you.

The Intersection of Dementia + Design is RIBA approved CPD.



DSDC offers a free one hour RIBA approved CPD video which has been designed specifically for anyone working in design and construction. For access to the video, please register your details here and one of the DSDC team will come back to you. 


Specialist One-Day Courses

We also offer a range of one day events that focus on specific areas of design such as:

  • interiors
  • outside space
  • technology
  • acute design
  • housing

Please contact us for further information