David Ross

David Ross - Director

Keppie Design


On 11 March 2020, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) was classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic.

The urgent international response resulted in governments around the world introducing a series of measures to protect public health, to reduce the peak of the infection and to increase the capacity of existing medical infrastructure. As part of the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic a temporary hospital was considered, to be delivered by the Scottish Government in conjunction with NHS National Services Scotland (NHSNSS).

The resultant hospital – known as the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital – is a step-down facility for patients recovering from COVID-19. It is a fully operational 1000+ bed hospital, conceived and delivered within the existing SEC buildings in only 23 days. David Ross explains how the lessons learned from this project could have far-reaching implications for the design of future healthcare environments.

Speaker biography

David has been a Director of Keppie since 2001 and has built a reputation for the development of innovative concepts for major projects. Amongst these are current proposals for The Halo; a unique regeneration of the former Johnnie Walker Whisky Bottling Plant site in Kilmarnock, a long-term Education-based regeneration vision for the London Borough of Bexley, and the new University Monklands Hospital; Scotland’s first digital healthcare campus.

He has given conference lectures on design to study groups from all over the world and he presented at the inaugural Government conference on Healthcare Design in Istanbul. David has written several published articles, specifically concentrating on the relationship between procurement and design quality. In 2013, he gave a TED talk at the University of West of Scotland entitled ‘The Transformational Power of Architecture’. He is an Honorary Fellow of West College Scotland and the author of five acclaimed novels of fiction.

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