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An panel talk at #DesignPopUp Glasgow

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Building Industry

This event took place live on Wednesday, 20 March 2022 at 6pm at the Glasgow exhibition.

But you have not missed out, you can catch up with the video recording on our Youtube channel or read the write-up.

Hear our panel discuss the causes and remedies of the highly demanding nature of the building industry, where long working hours, immense project delivery expectations, and associated mental pressures bring many to their limits.

We will also explore the challenges unique to the building sector and discuss how employers can better support their teams, mitigate stress, and prevent burnout.

A panel talk followed by drinks & networking.

Filmed live and in person at the #DesignPopUp Glasgow exhibition

at Platform, Glasgow.

The Panel

The Panel

Panel Chair

Gillian Stewart
Director, Michael Laird Architects &
Chair of British Council for Offices (BCO)

Gillian has over 35 years experience of leading, designing and delivering successful interior fit out projects for a variety of clients across both Private and Public sectors in the UK and Europe.

Concentrating mainly in Workplace her skill is creating spaces which facilitate change to the organisation who occupies it, their culture, and business processes. Her principle skills are Briefing, Design Concept Development and Client relationship management.

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Ian Hamilton
Commercial Director, Solus

With three decades of involvement in the construction industry, Ian Hamilton contributes extensive experience to discussions. Having previously worked as a subcontractor specialising in tiling installation and currently serving as the commercial director of Solus Ceramics, Ian offers a distinctive outlook on the sector. Passionate about mental health in construction, he inaugurated the Building Minds initiative in London last year.

Chris Stewart
President of The RIAS & Architect at Collective Architecture

Together with his colleagues Chris founded Collective Architecture in May 2007 with the transfer of company ownership from himself to an employee owned trust. Following international success in Edinburgh, London and Berlin he formed Chris Stewart Architects in May 1997 to consider participation and sustainability in architecture. Chris Stewart Architects for ten years were recognised with various national and international awards until it was transformed into Collective Architecture.

With 30 years experience of practicing architecture, Chris is the Chair of the RIAS Sustainability Working Group,an RIAS Sustainability Accredited Architect, an RIAS Sustainability Assessor, a Director of SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association), and is a certified Passivhaus Designer. Chris has lectured at the Universities of Strathclyde, Yale, Edinburgh. Aberdeen, Preston, Lille and the Mackintosh School of Architecture.


Aurora Tallon
2023/24 Chair of Women in Property Central Scotland & Senior Architect at Baker Hicks

A versatile, motivated and curious Spanish architect, passionate about the social and environmental impact of good design. Aurora has studied architecture between Spain and Germany and have been working in Scotland since 2013. Endevouring to learn new technical ways to achieve the best solutions for each project and team. 

Chair of the Central Scotland branch of Women in Property, Aurora creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry.

Chris Hughes
Associate Technical Director, Glasgow

Chris is an experienced architect with over 15 years’ architectural experience; specialising in large projects with recent project values ranging from £7 million to £1 billion, across Scotland. He was previously an associate within a commercial architectural practice with extensive experience as a project lead architect, responsible for the design and delivery of commissions throughout Scotland. With experience that covers all aspects of project delivery including statutory approvals, production information, detailed specification, report writing, subcontractor design development and integration.

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Joseph Madden
Director, Madden Building Consultancy Ltd

After amassing 25 years of industry experience and owning various firms. Joseph ventured into the niche of Building Consultancy with his own venture, Madden BC.


His journey includes working with renowned national and international consultancy firms, eventually co-owning one of the UK's largest building consultancy practices. During his tenure as Managing Director at PMP, he spearheaded remarkable growth and turnover. Notably, he fostered a culture emphasising staff well-being and mental health. 

In 2022, Joseph took a 12-month sabbatical to prioritising the mental health of himself and his young family, later returning to mentor young professionals and contribute as a guest lecturer and a judge for The Scottish Property Awards. Founding his firm has now created a fulfilling work-life balance.

A live panel talk at #DesignPopUp Glasgow

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Building Industry

Wednesday, 20 March  6– 8 pm

This talk is part of a 2-day exhibition at Platform, Glasgow (20-21 March).
Head over to the Glasgow page for the full programme of events and to see what specification brands are exhibiting.

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