James Kelly

ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Designing Seniors Communities for World Class Care

Friday 14 October 2022

11:30am – 12:00pm

Speaker Bio

James Kelly is a Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, where he leads the Seniors Living & Care Sector. His team regularly collaborates on projects with Australia’s leading government, not-for-profit and commercial providers. It specialises in masterplanning and designing future-focused, mixed-use, intergenerational communities that support inclusivity, agency, and social connections for seniors at all stages of life.

James began his architecture career in commercial, heritage, community and multi-residential design, but was drawn to seniors design by the need he saw for more innovative, community-focused approaches that better suit diverse residents, families and communities. Regular study tours, in-depth research and broad industry experience make him a compelling speaker on world’s best practice. He writes regularly for seniors and health media and is an engaging industry commentator, presenter and advocate on wide-ranging issues including best practice-design standards and fighting ageism.


Following the Royal Commission, how do innovative design and alternative models (of households and communities) help providers deliver world-class care?

How can providers achieve the intimate scale and resident wellbeing of the desired Small Household model through alternative models that also maintain operational efficiencies? How can better design help them deliver tangible improvements from better meals to more time for resident wellbeing?

This session is designed for CEOs, development managers and developers of new buildings, community types and models of care.

It shows an informed and strategic audience:

  • The fundamentals of world-class design
  • How to use innovative built form as their greatest ally
  • Alternative household and community models combining small household intimacy with operational efficiency

Interactive and practical, it is hosted by James Kelly – Seniors Living & Care Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, a carbon-neutral, Climate Active-certified BCorp specialising in designing inclusive seniors communities. James is an astute industry commentator, advocate and speaker. He combines architectural vision with business acumen and a clear understanding of the commercial realities and competing agendas clients need to balance.

This highly visual session uses case studies from Australia and around the world to explore best practice and show how embedding good design can support providers’ strategies for creating continuous improvement and meeting consumers’ changing expectations.

With focus on emerging and alternative models, it shows how better design delivers not just greater amenity and wellbeing for residents, but significant efficiencies in cost, space and service delivery for providers.

It concludes with an interactive Q&A giving audience members the chance to share real real-world challenges. Attendees are encouraged to email questions to James in advance (james.kelly@chc.com.au).

Not-to-be-missed for future-focused developers looking for tangible ways to deliver on their vision and offer residents, families and staff a genuine point of difference.

Following the Royal Commission, how do innovative design and alternative models of households and communities help providers deliver world-class care?