Designing an art center for the blind puts people at the heart of design again as we suddenly realize that sight is no longer a priori. Outdoor sensory gardens and indoor spaces are interwoven in consistent orientations to each other to form an orientation sensory map, providing a quick sense of familiarity and trust. Local materials and vegetation encourage the tactile engagement with an apple orhard, a wheat sea, a sorghum pool, a buffalo grass field, grape vines, and extruded St. Louis brick pavements.


 


 


 


 

 (box designed and built with Brad Leibin and Emily Lammert)
Early research and interactions with visually impaired children from the Missouri School for the Blind have lead to the design of an interactive, wood joinery learning box that is donated to the school. (box designed and built with Brad Leibin and Emily Lammert)