The BIID is delighted to announce its partnership with the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN), for a talk at its annual BIID Conference on 16th June 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Laura Glithero, Senior Interior Designer at Gilling Dod Architects, will be speaking on the important issue of mental health and its relevance in interior design entitled, ‘Mental Health Matters: Designing With The Mind In Mind’. 

With a strong presence in healthcare design for over seven years, Laura Glithero will explore the broad term of ‘mental health’ and how developing the right interior design is intrinsically important for the well-being and healing of individuals. She will explain the huge positive impact design can have on a person’s welfare and treatment, as well as the challenges that face designers in ensuring the best recovery environment.

With a passion for enhancing healthcare environments, Laura has been responsible for designing the interiors of multi-million pound projects across the UK, and delivering award winning projects in both acute and mental health sectors. 

“Design can have a powerful impact on both individuals and its surroundings, especially for those struggling with mental health issues,” comments Katherine Elworthy. “Laura’s talk will help raise awareness of the research that has been conducted and explore how designers are perfectly placed to address the issue of mental health with quality design at its core. We are proud to partner with the Design In Mental Health Network and hope in time inclusive design will be a consideration on all major public projects across the UK.”

Bringing together people involved in mental health environments, the DiMHN aims to support and improve the recovery in mental health for patients across the UK. As a not-for-profit organisation, it is open to anyone with an interest in the design of mental health units and settings, including architects, artists, designers, facilities staff, medical staff, occupational therapists, contractors and more.

“The DiMHN is confident that the collaboration between those who use and experience mental healthcare settings and the people who procure, design and construct them generates great opportunities to overcome the challenges many face in making such environments healing, optimistic and effective places to be,” comments Philip Ross, Director of DiMHN. “The DiMHN is delighted to have the support of the BIID and feature in this year’s conference programme. We look forward to hearing Laura’s own experience and expertise in designing interior schemes for those with mental health issues.” 

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For further information, please contact:

Jenny Parker or Sarah Locke at Wildwood Public Relations           

Tel :  +44 (0)1293 851115              

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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1965, the BIID is the professional institute for interior designers in the UK.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.

The BIID has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers. More details at