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Design guidance is intended to facilitate the realisation of primary objectives into design and built form. The involvement of practitioners in the formulation of guidance improves the quality of the guidance and outcomes. MAAP’s continuing engagement in researcher-led theory and empirical evidence gathering promises to further improve the quality of the buildings and functions that are founded on design guidance.


Design guidelines, generic briefing materials and design standards establish a minimum understanding of an architectural problem. They should be treated as a foundation: an agreed minimum standard based on past models of care and previously successful ideas.


Because of the level of abstraction required in generic guidance, guidelines should not necessarily be applied uncritically. They provide a baseline from which designers, clients and stakeholders can collaboratively develop solutions suited to the specifics of the specific site, service users, clinical service and model of care.  .

Selected Projects:


  • The Missing Middle (2019)

  • Multi Storey Mental Health Facilities (2018)

  • Edge Lane Hospital (2011-2012)

  • Bevan Ward - Hillingdon (2008-2011)

  • Health Building Notes (1992-2013)

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