Humber BID Class of 2020 Thesis projects

Humber BID Class of 2020 Thesis projects

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Bachelor of Interior Design graduation shows and events have been cancelled. ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2020 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Petrichor Healing Environment for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Student: Cassandra Christman

            Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) remains one of the most prevalent psychiatric conditions among veterans. Petrichor Healing Environment aims to provide veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their families the opportunity to experience physical and mental restoration within a space that offers positive social interactions, personalized healing journeys, and an array of healing activities.    

Here are some of the spaces included within the facility;

  • Café & event space
  • Yoga studio
  • Meditation room
  • Art studio
  • Veteran art gallery
  • Private therapy rooms
  • VR therapy room
  • Service dog training centre with kennels
  • Office space

MakerKids: STEM Education Centre

Student: Geannie Huynh

In response to the rise of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in children’s education, the design of the project is to reimagine educational centres that enrich students creative process through innovative space, flexible classrooms, and collaborative work areas. This centre is where students learn new skills, share ideas and experiment with different projects.

The concept of the space is inspired by the STEM process, the ‘Design Thinking Cycle’, where creation is central in the process. The idea of creation is an important aspect of the learning process because creativity brings student’s imagination into reality. In the project, the design centres around the Prototype Studio — a space of creation where students may build their ideas and collaborate on projects together. Classrooms and learning spaces on the second level surround the Prototyping Studio to give students the opportunity to observe, share, and generate ideas through the vertical two-storey connection in the atrium.

Linear and free-flowing forms are explored within the space signalling the contrast, in STEM education, between precise and creative ideas. The designs use linear forms and fun colours to give a sense of excitement and playfulness. The goal of the design is to provide a space that inspires students creativity.


Nova Hotel

Student: Paige Emery

Nova Hotel is a sustainable boutique hotel located at 415 Eastern Avenue in Toronto. The intention of the hotel is to support the needs of millennials while also considering its environmental impacts. The design of this hotel strives to preserve the environment through the use of sustainable elements and by choosing essential features and materials based on their environmental effects, as well as their functionality and durability.

As hotels consume large amounts of water daily, water conservation and re-use methods have been highly investigated and integrated within the hotels design. The heart of the hotel is the central garden that not only provides locally sourced produce but supports an irrigation system that recycles the hotel’s greywater. The needs of millennials have been considered and supported by a casual work cafe, social spaces, and technology access throughout the hotel. The purpose of this hotel is to educate its users on the importance of sustainable practice as well as how the practices can be integrated within their own lives. It is also intended to inspire other designers to reduce their footprint and design with sustainability in mind.

The Social Kitchen

Student: Hayley Dougall

There is an overall increase in individuals eating alone and experiencing a sense of loneliness. The Social Kitchen is a space that offers a unique, hands-on culinary experience to help combat feelings of seclusion and promote human wellbeing through social cooking and symbiosis. Individuals coming together to cook and enjoy a meal will be able to share a special experience, create lasting memories, and form tighter relationships.

Restaurants are constantly looking for ways to become a more stimulating environment to keep customers engaged. The design of The Social Kitchen is split up so that the top floor acts as a restaurant and the main floor entails the culinary 'Social Kitchen.' It incorporates key materials that ensures the necessary privacy for the individuals participating in this cooking event.

Especially in this time of social isolation, we can all reflect on the importance of human interaction and how it enhances our quality of life. 


Art Therapy Centre for Eating Disorders

Student: Melanie Vander Vlugt

The mission is to design a centre that supports individuals at any stage of treatment through traditional and alternative therapies in both individual and group settings to encourage healing through connection.

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