SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CENTER
New York School of Interior Design
Instructor: David Burdett
Skills: AutoCAD, SketchUp, V-Ray, Photoshop
Healthcare was one of the area of commercial design I enjoyed the most during my education at NYSID. This is a specialty that particularly interests me because I enjoy learning and implementing evidence-based design, or how science and data can be used to influence and inform the design process. The power of effective design and the ways in which spaces profoundly affect psychology and physiology and the link between the built environment and health is a major reason the interior design profession resonates with me.
For this assignment, I decided to focus on a segment of healthcare that I believe is often overlooked, stigmatized, and oftentimes not given enough attention from a design standpoint: rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment centers. Addiction, or the abuse and misuse of alcohol, opioids, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine and other harmful substances, is at an all-time high in the United States. More than ever, safe spaces where individuals can go to get the help and support they need to get and stay sober, are desperately needed. The rehab center I chose to develop includes individual, family, and group therapy rooms, a pharmacy, medical treatment rooms, massage therapy, an exercise room, a café and lounge area with an outdoor area. The question that guided my project was, "how can design be used as a tool to enhance health and well-being and support healing and recovery of individuals struggling with addiction?"
Reflected Ceiling Plan