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The first of its kind: Introducing Boston Architecture College TiD Course!



We are teaming up with

to offer the first college course of its kind

this Spring!

The groundbreaking Trauma-informed Design course will be offered through the Design for Human Health Masters Program, and provide students with an understanding of the Trauma-informed Design approach, and why it's imperative for health-oriented design.


The 8-week course will utilize a muti-media approach to learning, and provide students the opportunity to apply their learning through discussions, field observation, research, and design applications. The course will culminate in a 7,500 square foot final design project, including full design and four design boards. Students will be asked to choose a site, research the population to be served, and justify their design choices using the TiD principles learned in this course.

Participating students will:

  • Become aware of emerging trauma-informed design (TiD) frameworks and how TiD is applying the principles of trauma-informed care through design. This will include seeing TiD as design for health with an equity lens, and explore how to anticipate potential triggers and implement design features and elements that mitigate stress through case-study precedents;

  • Learn about the wide range of applications for trauma-informed design;

  • Gain experience applying the trauma-informed design approach to a theoretical design project;

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of population research and participatory design, and why the design process and the language used by designers matters;

  • Learn about adverse childhood experiences, adverse community experiences, and the full scope of trauma, including historical, structural, and collective trauma, and how experiencing inequities can have the same negative impact on their long-term health outcomes as other traumas;

  • Be able to identify the biological responses that can occur in the human body because of trauma and toxic stress levels, and the wider possible health impacts of trauma on individuals, communities, and beyond; and

  • Become familiar with the framework for trauma-informed care, based in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) six key principles of a trauma-informed approach.

Jam-packed with information and resources,

you'll want to reserve your spot in this course today!

The course is open to BAC graduate and undergraduate students, BAC alumni, and industry professionals seeking a continuing education opportunity.


to learn more about the course

and how to register!

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