Shaye Starr

Carlisle South, Western Australia

Interior architect, PhD candidate, dementia fighter

A graduate of Interior Architecture at Curtin University, Shaye is interested in how the interior environment impacts the wellbeing of people with dementia. Her PhD project explores this concept by exposing aged care facility residents to a special room with 180-degree projections of natural landscapes. She is using her grant to purchase technology and software. Her hope is that her immersive experience research will also improve the symptoms of people with acquired brain injuries, severe autism and psychological disorders, and reduce the reliance on medication: “Improving the lives of people who can’t communicate their needs is my passion. I hope my efforts not only improve the quality of lifefor individuals with dementia, but that of their caregivers as well.”