Chloe HendricksBoston Architectural College · Design Studies
Masters of Design Studies: Design for Human Health
I have my MDS for Human Health. My focus is mainly on generational housing and therapeutic architecture. By understanding the human element in the built environment, I use design strategies to problem solve across multiple disciplines and collaborating with professionals of various fields for each successful project that is beneficial for a sustainable and healthy environment to all who are involved in either micro or macro ecosystems.
January 2014 - December 2014
Prodigy Learning Center
- Teacher and Tutor
- Privately tutored students in school subjects. Mostly taught testing strategies with high school students in the standardized testing to get into their college of choice.
February 2006 - May 2009
- 4-H Ambassador/Teen Leader
- A youth development program. Involved in the program 5 years prior to this non-profit position. Progressed from Teen Leader to State Ambassador. Position held as a teen. Gave me experience and skills for later endeavors and education.
August 2010 - December 2013
I am in the process of working with real estate investors as well as agents in doing design for human health in the residential market as well as looking for a home for my husband and I to move into. We are facing many challenges and questions that are unclear. I have my affordability as many people do and making a business to do what I love and make a difference/explore the differences for evidence of design for human health. There are obvious different goal types with my own verses those who I am working with, both who claim my needs are above theirs but the market is eating at the financial stability of those who need work and who need to live. It is becoming very complicated.
I believe that health and well-being should be accessible to all. Currently, my discipline would find more success in commercial work especially with the push of the WELL Building Standard. However, I feel that commercial disciplines would benefit from residential as those who leave work go home to unhealthy environments in many cases at varying levels of issues thus also affecting the success of the company based on the longevity of the employees. Health in the workplace verses personal matters is not the issue I wish to involve. I am speaking of the issues affected by the built environment at home.
I want to invest in homes to improve the social, psychological, and physical health and structure of the community and the family using the space. Yet, it seems that the faster turn around and home updates are the bigger priority for business rather than making the money well spent. Hiding problems to make a return only to hurt the new resident in other aspects. Yes, there are house inspectors but there is also a lot that cannot be seen or is hidden well to make a house pass the minimum standards for the area.
Real Estate Investment (REI) is important and it is necessary. I am not saying that it should be done away with as it can bring value in many other ways that can influence the structure of families, communities, and societies but I am concerned that the market has made it nearly impossible to actually improve the health and well-being of individuals.
To understand the creation of the built environment through anthropological studies, religious studies, human health and well being, and patterns of the ecosystem. By understanding patterns and thinking backwards through records, we can understand the root of human thought, problem solving, and good/bad healthy practices. If rudimentary beginnings are understood, can we change future generations and current ecosystem by proper support and research?
To create a healthy school design for students, grades 8-12, who are suffering in school due to various reasons such as those resulting from health or environment. For example, youth may be struggling with temporary, long-term, or lifetime phases of depression, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, or physical ailments. Students who attend this school will be provided with the appropriate environmental needs to cope with said struggles, to learn about themselves, to become successful in life decisions and positively involved in their community.