Housing First: Health and Wellbeing for Veterans

ARCH 572 | Spring 2018
Visiting Assistant Professor Christina Bollo


For unsheltered people with mental and physical challenges, housing is the first form of treatment: having a permanent place to live can prevent many illnesses and makes it possible for people to recover. This studio asks: What can we do, as architects, in support of this mission? How does our design respond to the needs of the users?

Each team of two students designed a 40-unit apartment building with supportive service spaces, sited at the Danville Veterans Affairs hospital campus. Students participated in empathy-generating activities, including visits to veteran-specific housing and the Champaign soup kitchen. The project was supported by Mercy Housing of Chicago as they plan their next, similar project.