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A Trauma-Informed Process at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

In the Fall of 2022, Gina Ford and Anyeley Hallova led an interdisciplinary design studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design focused on research, engagement and design for Parrott Creek.

Parrott Creek Child & Family Services – an 80-acre creekside facility in Portland, Oregon – supports some of Portland’s most vulnerable community members: children and families caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Inspired by Parrott Creek’s mission and its own ongoing effort to re-imagine and improve its 80-acre site, this interdisciplinary studio explored notions of trauma-informed design as a methodology for forward-looking design interventions. The studio’s inquiry included research, engagement with the Parrott Creek community and site, strategic planning scenarios, and ultimately design of planning-scale, site-scale, and building-scale proposals.