Winds House: Reintegration and Renewal
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Comprehensive studio was by far the most challenging studio to date, but it was also the most rewarding. For the first time, I felt like I was designing something that could truly make a difference in people's lives. The opportunity to help people is why I got into architecture in the first place, and this semester I actually saw that goal realized. Our task this semester was to design a facility for the Winds House of Oklahoma City. The Winds House is a transitional housing program for people with HIV and AIDS. Currently, this is an overlooked and underserved community; there are many people in OKC living with this condition and some of them are homeless because of it. The specific design challenges that arose over the course of this project actually made the design process more enjoyable, as new problems always require more thought and creativity. I take pride in the fact that our team's initial design and my final building were driven entirely by the needs of the client, and by the concept we came up with to address those needs. I hope that were my project actually constructed, it would benefit its inhabitants in all the ways I envision it would; that it would be a place of healing, and ultimately, of regeneration.