For my senior thesis I was afforded the opportunity to select and explore my own topic of interest, client, and location for my thesis. I was wanted to explore the topics of Institutional Design, Green/Sustainable Design, and Environmental behavior (Human Factors) through the development of an unconventional youth facility for homeless, runaway, and at-risk teens. The idea was developed through my desire to learn about design with a positive impact on society. I have a heart for residential and hospitality design, and with the project it allowed me to combine elements from both.
This is a short-term home stay facility for teens ages 13-18 that helps them develop self-worth, gain direction, and learn independent living skills.
The average stay is 6 months but the length of stay is determined on a case by case basis. It will serve as a safe haven for them and provide housing along with a healing and rehabilitating environment for the youth who are in a state of crisis. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a culinary program at the facility in which they will be taught how to prepare, cook and serve meals at the restaurant called Nuevo; which is also open to the public. The goal of the program is to assist each person in discovering a positive outlet and decreasing the percentage rate that teens end up in jail and helping them become independent and successful members of our community
Status: School Project