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Sugar Hill Historic District (Detroit)

71 Garfield Street

Detroit, MI 48201

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Employing Trauma-Informed Design to Promote Health & Wellbeing

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AIA Detroit, in collaboration local chapters of the Interior Designers Coalition for Change (IDCFC), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and in partnership with Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Develop Detroit, and Volunteers of America (VOA), is calling for teams that will employ trauma-informed design to finish 14 apartments for veterans in the nearly-completed Sugar Hill project in Midtown Detroit.

THE TEAMS: Teams will consist of 5-8 individuals from across Michigan; each team must have at least 1 licensed architect, 1 emerging professional (not-yet licensed/recently graduated), and 1 interior designer. We also encourage teams to include 2 students/expected grads. This cross-discipline approach to the team will ensure a variety of perspectives are represented throughout the process.

YOU DO NOT NEED AN ENTIRE TEAM TO SIGN UP > PROFESSIONALS & STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO SIGN UP INDIVIDUALLY (Final teams will be organized and assembled after this registration page closes; signing up here does NOT guarantee selection for the final 14 teams.)

The Team Informational Packet is coming soon! Download the one-page Team Flier.

PROJECT SCHEDULE + TEAM EXPECTATIONS & COMMITMENTS

  • MAY 17 - Prospective Team Member Info Session: a virtual event to answer your questions before you sign up to be part of a team - click the link to RSVP via Zoom!
  • MAY 24, 12:00pm - Team & Individual Registrations are Due
  • MAY 24-28 - Final teams are assembled & contacted
  • JUNE 1 - Team Orientation: a mandatory virtual session for team members to learn more about project details and receive trauma-informed design training
  • JUNE 13 - Sugar Hill Team Cornhole: some light-hearted competition with the other teams + a major project fundraiser, save the date!
  • JUNE-JULY 30 - Team fundraising, design work & order placements
  • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 15 - Apartments are furnished & decorated by teams
  • LATE SEPTEMBER - Public-facing event to discuss teams' processes & trauma-informed design

If you are interested in sponsoring this project, sponsor options will be available soon!

ABOUT TRAUMA-INFORMED DESIGN:

Trauma is pervasive among American adults and can lead to lifelong physical and mental health consequences. It not only can have a lasting impact on the body and brain, but also, if left unaddressed, can negatively impact resident and community success.

However, the negative impacts of trauma can be mitigated utilizing principles of trauma-informed design to build resilience. When people who have experienced trauma build resilience, it can be an effective way to recover and heal. While trauma-informed design has been tested and proven to strengthen outcomes in healthcare and education, it has not been fully embraced in affordable rental housing.

Sugar Hill aims to tackle this issue. By involving local design organizations, the goal is to not only provide professionally designed, safe spaces for 14 veterans to call home, but to educate the Southeastern Michigan design community on trauma-informed design, especially since it disproportionately impacts people of color.

Click Here to Read More about Sugar Hill & the Sugar Hill Arts District


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