Founded by Social Worker- Brita Loeb, Designing Healing will serve nonprofits, corporations, schools, healthcare providers, and individuals by re-imagining spaces of healing and integrating trauma-informed, healing-centered, and equitable design approaches. Brita's social work expertise, research on trauma and aesthetics, and fieldwork in services and spaces of healing inform a holistic and impactful approach. Designing Healing focuses on both the design process and the aesthetic considerations of spaces. Designing Healing is founded on 5 principles: agency, collaboration, cultural humility, reflection, and trust.
People are the agents in the creation of their wellbeing and are not the victims of trauma. Their experiences provide a wealth of knowledge and healing. Community members cultivate self-advocacy through shared decision-making that empowers the individuals and their stories of resiliency.
Designers are not experts and the sole leaders of the design process. Design empowers the community through co-creation and brings community voices to the forefront. Power differentials do not empathetically and ethically serve community members.
Systems of power and historical oppression greatly contribute to the lived experiences of community members who may have suffered trauma from such structures. Cultural humility respects differences in how people experience their surroundings based on identity. Empathy as the principle of the design process leads to an understanding of the community’s definitions of history and healing.
Designers need to consider their own identities, biases, assumptions, and ethics to be empathetic and intentional navigators of the design process. They must critically analyze their actions, emotions, and impact.
SAFETY & TRUST
People who have experienced trauma rely on physical and psychological safety. Designers must understand how trauma affects psychology and people’s hyper-attunement and sensitivities to environmental factors.