Date of Submission

Spring 5-6-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Trace Gainey


This thesis introduces an innovative mental health retreat grounded in the principles of therapeutic and adaptive design. The current state of mental healthcare architecture lacks a focus on human-centered design, primarily due to their enclosed spaces, overcrowded dormitories, and conforming layouts. Adaptive design in architecture advocates for a more user-centric approach by implementing a system that empowers individuals to customize architectural components, such as walls, roofs, doors, windows, and furnishings. This approach aims to foster individuality, flexibility, freedom, control, and comfort. Therapeutic design in architecture emphasizes the influence of spatial, lighting, thermal, and acoustic design on the human brain, mind, body, and behavior with the goal of crafting environments that enhance comfort, facilitate healing, and contribute to overall well-being.

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Architecture Commons