Healthcare Environment Awards 2013
Student Honorable Mention
- Designer: Patrick Manning, The Catholic University of America
- Where: Seattle (location of proposed project)
An adolescent and young adult (AYA) cultural and wellness center, FOUND proposes a program to support patients with life-limiting illnesses who are transitioning between pediatric and adult treatment phases. The center, which establishes a new building typology, aims to provide a sense of place for AYAs, who often feel lost within the system.
Many medical facilities split AYAs during the treatment and the healing processes, limiting opportunities for peer support and education. The FOUND center, designed for a site in downtown Seattle, provides a central gathering place that fosters hope and growth. The program and design were developed based on research and interviews with AYA survivors, physicians, and nurses. The center incorporates sleeping rooms, a gallery, a library, reading space, and meditation space, as well as designated crying spaces, acknowledging that grieving is a natural human response.
The jury appreciated both the research involved in the project and the graphic presentation through detailed diagrams and drawings. A juror noted that the student’s passion for the topic shines through, and another juror said that “the proposed project was actually educational for me.”