TERI Project

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Type:  Special Needs Park

Collaborators:  AECOM Orange, California Polytechnic University Pomona School of Architecture, Michael Fox

Location:  San Diego, CA

Status:  Completed, Funding


TERI Campus of Life is a non profit corporation dedicated to innovation and social change for children and adults touched by special needs. TERI provides programs for children and adults beginning with early intervention and family support, continuing through retirement and beyond. Together with AECOM and Cal Poly Pomona, we designed shading structures to rehabilitate a much needed therapeutic park for TERI's many clientele.

At this day and age, we find in the Special Needs industry many products that are more often than not designed for special needs children with playground and park equipment in flashy primary colors. Through our research and observation of TERI, we came to understand that special needs adults were far under-served and needed designed spaces that helped control their fluctuating emotions and offered the dignity that all adults deserved. With a team of students and architecture and engineering mentors from AECOM and studio professor Michael Fox, we devised park schemes that satisfied their needs in a creative and dignifying way.

Team:  Rita Saikali Carter, Hilda Boyadijian, Anita Wong (Lead), Robert Cerha (Lead), Michael Fox and Cal Poly 3rd Year Architecture Studio, Rafael Alvarez, Ernie Bustamante, Frank Castillo, Pian Chan, Adrienne Danet, Nidal Hamida, Won Pyung Keem, Roy Kim, Seyoon Oh, Liem Pham, Henry Pittner, Brian Pratt, John Somerville, Jason Walker, Donald Winstead, Jaylen Yang, German Aparicio