Architecture and the design of therapeutic environments

Stephanie Liddicoat - PhD Completion Seminar

Melbourne School of Design - Japanese Room

Abstract: This thesis finds that specific design interventions in the spaces providing therapy can improve therapeutic outcomes for those who self harm.  Through an exploratory qualitative analysis undertaken through interviews with service users, therapists/counsellors, carers, architects and design researchers, together with examination of existing therapeutic environments, online sources and relevant literature, a series of design recommendations were derived.  Through adopting these design recommendations, the misgivings, difficulties or negative psychological interferences reported by individuals who self harm can be mollified and/or eliminated, assisting therapy.

Biography:  Stephanie graduated with a Master of Architecture from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, with her final thesis examining the design of environments for mental health.

Stephanie’s research interests are at the nexus of architecture and health, particularly in exploring service user perceptions of the built environment, and the relationship between space and wellbeing within healthcare settings.  She has recently been involved in several masters design studios, conferences and research colloquia speaking about the built environment’s role in mental health, and the implications for design practice and urban planning.

Professor Julie Willis

Professor Greg Missingham
Professor Lynette Joubert

Advisory Committee:
Professor Julie Willis
Dr Amanda Achmadi