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Duncan-Wisniewski Architecture

Learning from others

Best practices case studies that examine lived experience

The purpose of Design Resources for Homelessness case studies is to inform readers of innovations and lessons learned so that progress can be made in providing healing environments for those in crisis. They are intended for architects, interior designers, organizations renovating or constructing new facilities, researchers, teachers and students.  These case studies are intended to serve as a supplement to visits to nearby similar facilities, broadening knowledge of best practices that informs programming approaches and priorities. 


These case studies focus on the lived experience of persons that inhabit the environment, with the intent of featuring those aspects of the architecture that accommodate users’ and staff’s needs and influence people’s perceptions and recovery. The case studies emphasize interior and nearby-external areas of the facility with an eye toward the personal level of architectural experience. 


With the lived experience in mind, these case studies communicate these environments as they are, with minimal aesthetic staging of its attendant photographs.  Instead, these reports seek to communicate ways in which the reality of these architectural spaces support dignity, self-esteem, empowerment, privacy, personal control, and assist in stress management and general recovery.

Free downloadable reports and guidelines

Click on the links below to download helpful information. 


Austin Resource Center

for the Homeless

An emergency shelter for men


New Genesis Apartments

Supportive housing for adults


Third Avenue Apartments

Supportive housing for adults


Bakhita Gardens

Supportive housing for women

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Booth Centre

Supportive housing for adults

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