Title page for ETD etd-07222005-183257

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Campbell, Elizabeth Ann
URN etd-07222005-183257
Title Therapeutic Architecture: Housing for People with Dementia
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • dementia
  • elderly
Date of Defense 2005-05-11
Availability unrestricted
An environment strongly influences the behavior of individuals with dementia. A well designed physical environment can maintain and enhance the ability to function and improve quality of life. My thesis uses a residential environment for people suffering from dementia as the basis for therapeutic intervention. Understanding the physical and psychological effects of architecture on a person with dementia is an important tool in slowing the progression and effects of the disease. The competence of an individual can effect how he or she experiences a space and can make them respond more intensively to the immediate environment. Building orientation, color, lighting, and access to nature can affect the psyche of a resident and can help stabilize and reduce the effects of the disease.
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