A Residence for PTSD diagnosed Veteran

Sept-Dec 2020


Design a residence for an early-retired. PTSD-diagnosed Veteran

Client Story

A 35-year-old female veteran tragically lost her air-force unit in an inevitable attack. This incident initiated our client’s PTSD symptoms

Client's PTSD symptoms

  • Anxiety/ insecurity
  • Flashbacks triggered by the presence of fire or loud sounds 

Research Team Members

Sara B., Sara M., Rand A.

Design is individual 


AutoCAD / Revit / Enscape / Photoshop

Concept Statement​

To accommodate the need for power, safety, and serenity, the residence design will focus on a robust exterior structure, and a transparent elliptical interior layout woven with moments of lively colors and textures inspired by nature. Eliminating the presence of a direct heat source and utilizing acoustical surfaces will further support the client in overcoming day-to-day challenges imposed by their PTSD symptoms.

Circular layouts is preferred [by PTSD patients] over a square layout. This is in line with Hess et al.’s (2013) findings

Safety worrying is the major reason for mental disorders, such as anxiety, phobia, depression, and PTSD. (Zheng, 1)


Floor Plans

The exterior is fluid and bold; it imposes continuity, security, and power that contribute to the resident's PTSD coping mechanisms.

“Subjective reports of sleep disturbance indicate that 70-91% of patients with post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) have difficulty falling or staying asleep" (Maher, 568)

  • The residence design focus on establishing a Zen-like bedroom environment  
  • Emphasizing curvature and the feel of enclosure culminates with better sleep

Serenity Space

Entrance (Central  Elliptical Staircase)

Living Area

Dining and Kitchen

Structure and Detailing 

Residence's Exterior Concrete Structure 

Elliptical Staircase Detailing


Other Work

The EpiCentre Project

A Residence for PTSD diagnosed Veteran

Toronto's Borrowed Hotel​

Model Making

Using Format