NORMAN EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY CENTER
Develop a design solution for a compact Equine Assisted Therapy Center for persons with mental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The EATC will be located in Norman, Oklahoma. The Center will offer equine-assisted therapy to individuals looking for solace, whether treating multiple sclerosis, anger management, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. Horses can do wonders to provide peace helping people achieve a sense of calm and wellness. The Center will provide stalls for six horses with adjacent support spaces that host a variety of equine-assisted experiences, including: therapeutic riding, horse brushing, and petting
WHAT I LEARNED
Programming was a very important part of this project. Not only does the design require consideration for people with special needs, but large animals as well. There was a lot of research involved in providing more than adequate accommodations for these groups. Being that this was one of our first explorations into designing real architecture, I also learned a lot about graphic representation and site analysis, as well as structure and designing to embrace it.