AIA Chicago Symposium: Communal Healing Frameworks for Wounded Warriors & their Families
Recipient of the 2010 AIA President’s Citation Award

This symposium centered on communal healing environments to help treat those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Geared primarily for hospital administrators, architects, members of the military, veterans, and caregivers; the event brought a variety of perspectives to a discussion about how best to design communal healing spaces and programming, with an emphasis on architecture as a tool for healing. Symposium speakers represent a wide spectrum of specialists from institutions including Bethesda Naval Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and the Mind and Body Institute at the University of Chicago. Diverse perspectives will include those of combat veterans, military physicians, anthropologists, complementary medicine researchers, architects, and other focused on communal healing environments. This event was hosted by the AIA Chicago Healthcare Knowledge Community and the American College of Healthcare Architects.
















Panel 1: Communal Healing Programs
Dr. John Mundt, Ph.D. (Jesse Brown VA Medical Center)
Introductory Presentation
Veteran Statistics
The Phenomenon of Multiple Deployments

Captain Frederick Foote, M.D. (Ret., USNMC)
The Epidaurus Project: Holistic Care and Design in the Military Health System
Watch: IOM Report
Holism vs Reductionism
The Epidaurus Team

Daniel Cohen, Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Religion, Spirituality, and Health Outcomes: How Spiritual Interventions Can Improve Health
Watch: Why Study Religion and Health?
“Effects of Religion and Spirituality on Health”

Barbara Moquin, Ph.D. (National Institutes of Health)
Mind Body Skills Training for Spouses of Wounded Families
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Stephen Porges, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Designing Healing Spaces: Insights from Neuroscience
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Panel 2: Communal Healing Environments
Singing Man (Ceremonial Man for the Southern Arapaho Tribe)
Native American Healing Ceremonies for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Watch: “The Story of Singing Man”

Esther Sternberg, M.D. (National Institutes of Health)
Healing Spaces: The Science of Well-Being
Watch: “Measuring Responses in Spaces”

Jerry Kykisz (National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago)
Trauma and Metamorphosis
Watch: “Ron’s Art”

Paul Alt, AIA (Alt Architecture + Research Associates)
The Communal Healing Sanctuary: A Fusion of Healing Programming and Environment
Watch: “Healing Warriors”
“DuSable PTSD Study”
“Walter Reed Military Medical Center”
“Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building”