My philosophy is ‘To make clients feel healthier when they walk out of one of my buildings, to when they walked in’.
Stephen’s career spans over forty years in architecture, interior design & academia. He is a published academic and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), with an undergraduate degree from Kingston University, and a Masters from Cambridge University. He has lectured and presented papers at conferences around the world, and from 1993 to 2018 he wrote and directed BA & MA Interior Design courses, at several UK universities.
His professional experience is wide ranging from the conservation and pedestrianisation of the mediaeval streets in his home city of York. To designing and constructing stage sets for London’s West End theatre, and helping Environmental artists Christo and Jeanne Claude construct Running Fence, in Northern California in 1976. He also co-founded the interior design consultancy Deacon Edge in London in the 1980s; specialising in workplace, retail leisure and high end residential interiors, for clients including Citibank, Conoco, Canon, Kuwait Petroleum, British Rail, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Whitbread, Warner Brothers and Adam Ant.
He is also BREEAM trained, and is now a biophilic and salutogenic design consultant and researcher for his consultancy Salvedge. His latest commission is for architects AHR and their clients the Royal College of Physicians, new £35 million HQ in Liverpool. It’s his role to blend key Biophilic Patterns with the WELL Building Standards to help attain WELL Platinum and a BREEAM Outstanding Certification, the first for a building’s fit-out. It scored 109 out of a possible 110 WELL Credits, the highest (of over 26,000) of any WELL accredited buildings in the world. It opened in the Spring of 2021 and is set to become one of the healthiest buildings in the world.
His current research interest is in promoting breathable spaces for a post pandemic future. It’s in collaboration with a lighting designer, using combinations of Biophilia, UVC lighting, bio-materials, for removing the Covid-19 virus and toxins from the interior; all to help improve the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of interior environments.