Posted by Becky Hayward

Becky Hayward

I am a People Flow Consultant in BuroHappold’s Smart Space team, focussing on optimising the interactions between people, places and processes. Our consultancy offering applies innovative approaches to provide effective, practicable solutions to complex problems.

I have a keen interest in the Healthcare sector and lead BuroHappold’s specialist service that helps healthcare trusts, architects, and planners to model the interaction of people with hospital layouts and processes, with a view to optimising the design and operations.

I have been with Smart Space since 2011, following a PhD in emergent systems in biology at the University of Bath. Since joining, I have lead crowd flow consultancy projects ranging from optimising space use and experience in healthcare buildings, detailed design in educational buildings and operational management at conferences and large-scale events. Ultimately, my aim is to improve the environment through optimising people circulation, user experience and process efficiencies.

I am also involved in various academic research activities and projects ranging from modelling disease spread in a healthcare environment to understanding the micro-level behaviours and movements of people during evacuation scenarios, with the aim to bridge science into our modelling tools.