Trauma Informed Design
Can architecture impact outcomes for people who have experienced trauma?
Our two new TID pamphlets can be found here: www.shopworksarc.com/tid, and a summary of each is below.
Implementing a Four-Phased Trauma Informed Design Process: This is an overview of how we implement TID in our design process. This is not a checklist, but more about how the process should be impacted when we seek to design with an understanding of trauma as a core value. This overview includes case studies on specific developments to show how the process was implemented on specific developments, as well as an accompanying step-by-step manual. Click here to view our manual that accompanies this document.
Architectural Principles In The Service Of Trauma Informed Design: This pamphlet focuses on ways to design a building to help regulate the body and support therapeutic approaches. Since trauma lives and works through the body, and the body reacts to physical space before we cognitively process it, the built environment is integral to how one experiences trauma. This document presents a brief primer on the body-space-trauma relationship, organizing principles for trauma-informed architecture, some examples of built work, and narratives that inform what amenities residents and staff may need.
We are working with Shopworks Architecture to inform the emerging idea of trauma informed design. Together we are creating and testing a model of trauma informed design to build spaces that address the unique needs of people who have experienced trauma.