ARCH 793AB: Cultural Practice

Instructor: Andy Ku

Echos Of Care

My thesis explores the potential of architecture to amplify social awareness and foster healing, specifically targeting the mental well-being of firefighters who contend with occupational stigma and resource shortages. I propose a novel integrated fire station complex that includes mental health spaces and residences for those in need, situated within a therapeutic natural setting to promote health and nature preservation. This design is informed by extensive research and interviews with firefighters, aiming to improve their working environment and public awareness about emergency services. By doing so, the project advocates for architecture’s role in enhancing mental health support and establishing a supportive community, challenging conventional architectural norms and contributing to cultural and social advancement