Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Sumner, Elizabeth Wong URN etd-01112011-205455 Title Grief and Healing Sanctuary Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Chair Holt, Jaan Committee Member Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2010-11-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractMy thesis is an exploration of the emotional connection we have with architecture.
The inspirations for the Grief and Healing Sanctuary were the healing experienced at quiet spaces of reflection and my father’s stories as a Navy Vietnam shipboard combat veteran.
I designed a building to provide a place for healing and to deal with grief. The building was designed for patients and their families being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Not all families leave as they arrive. The families, many from out of town, need a place to reflect, pray, cry, or laugh.
This need was reinforced by my father’s stories of his transition from normal life to the extremes of combat to life back as a civilian. No one comes out unaffected, and there is not always a place to go and reflect.
The Grief and Healing Sanctuary provides these spaces for all people who have these needs.
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