Bev Lamey

Beverly Lamey

Principal Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Victoria Building, VB322

+44 (0) 1772 89 3378

Subject Areas: Fashion and Textiles

Surface pattern designer and textile artist with a particular interest in interior textiles, Lamey worked for some years as a freelance textile designer, working alongside architects and manufacturers to commission and for international exhibition, before starting to teach part time at UCLan in 1992.

Bev is a member of the Design In Mental Health Network.

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Since January 2003 Lamey has contributed to a collaborative project with an NHS Trust, working with healthcare staff and service users from the SEED project on the design of mental healthcare environments.

Lamey works with a number of user groups who are marginalised by society: the homeless; the disabled; the mentally ill; to establish a methodology that empowers service users and encourages participation and inclusion in developing design proposals for the environment in which they live. She believes that design can change, not only the physical environment, but can also influence organisational structures, the way people think, feel and act.

She has presented papers at international design research conferences including Futureground at Monash University, Australia and Include at the Royal College of Art, London. In November 2006 Lamey was curator of Hidden, an exhibition that exposed the hidden environment of modern mental healthcare. She has been instrumental in the development of the Design In Mental Health Network and the establishment of an annual international conference for designers and those involved in the design or refurbishment of mental health buildings. Lamey is chair of the Design In Mental Health Conference and Awards committee for DIMH 2015 and DIMH 2016.


MA Design with Distinction, University of Central Lancashire, 2010

First Class Honours Degree, Carpet Design and Related Textiles, Kidderminster College & Wolverhampton Polytechnic (Degree Course BA(Hons) Carpet Design and Related Textiles), 1981


Lamey B.A. & Bristow C. 2015 (The Game as a Talking Tool: Using a Board Game for Creative Consultation, Engagement and Inclusion) In Dr Gayle Brewer and Russell Hogarth eds. Creative Pathways to Inclusion and Accessible Education UK, Macmillan Palgrave to be published Autumn 2015

2nd European Design 4 Health Conference, Sheffield Hallam University. Conference paper and presentation: Can a multi-sensory product enhance quality of life for people living with dementia and be used as a tool in the evaluation of an individual’s needs? (Co-authors, Jane Souyave, Fiona Candy and Angie Jones.)

Design In Mental Health Network workshop at Healthcare Estates Conference “The healing module in architecture education.” With Robin Graham, Wood Design Studio, October 2012

HaCIRIC10 Conference (Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre), Edinburgh, Scotland. Poster presentation: When the Architects says “no” – the challenges to a patient-centred approach to design in mental healthcare settings. September 2010 (with Carol Bristow)

More Publications


  • Design Research Society
  • Design In Mental Health Network

External Activities

  • Chair: Design In Mental Health Conference and Exhibition Committee 2
  • Chair: Design In Mental Health Awards


  • Teaches students on MA Surface Pattern & Textiles and BA (Hons) Textiles
  • Academic division lead for Fashion & Textiles
  • Academic division lead for Design


Conference planning for:

Inside Out : Research and Development in Design for Mental Health Settings, July 2006, UCLan;

A Showcase for success – sharing good practice in design for mental healthcare settings, July 2007, UCLan

Think International: Sharing Good practice at home and abroad, Sept 2008, UCLan.

Committee member for the Design in Mental Health conference due to be held on 14 and 15 May 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.


Research focus is Design for Mental Healthcare Settings with particular interest in Inclusive Design - involving service users in project teams to develop design proposals for the environment in which they live.

A current project is Sensory Store: a resource for Haptic Design within Dementia Care, working as part of a small group of researcher/ practitioners, based in Graphics and Textiles at UCLan to explore ways that multi-sensory objects can generate positive experiences for people living with dementia.