This project facilitated students’ introduction to the lived experience of women and children requiring refuge services as a result of homelessness and/or domestic violence. Health, architecture and landscape students collaborated with stakeholders from the refuge sector, visiting sites, undertaking individual research, exchanging ideas and problem-solving, to develop a design guide for a women’s refuge. The focus groups conducted at the conclusion of the activity indicated that the collaborative and authentic nature of the learning experience increased students’ understanding of and empathy towards refuge clients and had a positive impact on their confidence to act as agents of social change.
Dean, S., Williams, C. Donnelly, S. & Levett-Jones, T. (online 2017). Designing a Women’s Refuge: An Interdisciplinary Health, Architecture and Landscape Collaboration. International Journal of Higher Education.6(6), 139-148.