Sheridan BID Projects Part 2

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. Click here to see the BID projects from Sheridan from last week.


Sideline Sports Medicine is a 23,000 square foot facility designed to harness extensive rehabilitation programming and provide patients with an inviting and comfortable environment to heal. Throughout my research I discovered that athletes who become injured often experience negative psychological responses which lead to serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and substance use or abuse.

The concept of the facility revolves around the idea of progression, with the injury being the initial setback from which every athlete can recover. It is the progression or small steps forward that will determine each athlete’s fate. Sideline Sports Medicine has a strong focus on physical and mental therapy and body strengthening. This facility offers physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy. It also offers float and cryotherapy. The gym occupies approximately one third of the floorplate, featuring a women’s only section, divided by a moveable wall, women’s and men’s changerooms, and a stretching studio.


Kin, derived from the Japanese word “Kintsugi” meaning golden joinery – the art of precious scars. The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.   

Kin is a sexual trauma recovery centre that provides a safe space where users regardless of gender, ethnicity or age can feel supported and understand that they are not alone. We aim to encourage survivors to recognize their own internal strengths, address obstacles within their life to develop healthy and effective coping strategies through education, support and community involvement. 

When participants leave Kin, the goal is to have them feel that they are taking back their life in their own hands. Regardless of the time and how many baby steps it may take, everyone will be able to receive the help that they need and continuously stand against obstacles.


In biology, regeneration refers to the restoration of new growth by an organism, or organs, tissue that has been lost, removed or injured. In theology, it is a re-birth or religious revival. The spirit of the facility will aim to restore movement within an individual, renewing and revitalizing their own sources of energy to reconnect firstly with themselves and in turn, with others. 


For this project I designed a cardiac recovery clinic, as heart disease is the leading health threat to both men and women globally. The concept for the space was stability. Patients may be in a state of fear after their diagnosis, but need to find a new norm, or stability, in this new situation. 

Three of the spaces included are the News room, where patients are able to find new classes, events, and workshops to take part in. The Nutrition Station, as changing eating habits and dieting will become a new thing to implement into a patient’s daily life. As well as a Gym, for the patients to get exercise and workout in. All of the material considerations for each space were carefully chosen and compared for their LEED and WELL capabilities to ensure that this building considers environmental sustainability as well.


The Tinnitus Wellness Centre seeks to assist and revitalize individuals struggling with symptoms of auditory system damage as well as educating family and friends in understanding the subject. It establishes a holistic experience through utilizing therapeutic frequency modulated tones, music and nature, as well as addressing how to endure the sound through using cognitive behavioural therapy.
The centre incorporates WELL and LEED standards within various spaces to achieve a sustainable and functioning environment. With an inclusive atmosphere, the centre helps to develop coping mechanisms to reduce stressors surrounding tinnitus symptoms. Therefore, sustaining neural synchrony will unify the experience and orchestrate an environment that aids in establishing a lifelong lifestyle to reintegrate individuals into society.

Sheridan BID 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.


The Rise Centre for Menopause is a facility focused on promoting the physical and psychological well-being of women going through the menopause stage by educating and treating them with holistic approaches tailored to each individual. At the same time, this centre aims to create a safe space for an open conversation on what has become a very taboo topic and reduce the stigma of seeking help and information on it. The project adopts an integrated course of treatment by educating participants on the links between mind and body, and connecting participants with each other, facilitating a safe space for them to build a community. The concept of interconnection is graphically represented as different paths crossing one another. The points of intersection hold the most important spaces: conference room, meditation room and demonstration kitchen, allowing for community development around the touchy topic of menopause.


My thesis project is focused on a community centre that provides therapy and educational support for children with learning disabilities. A learning disability “is a neurological dysfunction; it refers to a variety of difficulties that affects the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization, or use of verbal and/or non-verbal information.” (LDAO) 

This facility is aims to provide a supportive environment for children and guardians/parents, by introducing effective programs, and community events to help educate others, and to promote socialization and interaction among children. The design of the space includes interactive technology and open creative spaces that give a sense of an emotionally comfortable and therapeutic atmosphere.  

LD Circle is well considered for LEED and WELL standards. Starting from the site location to the finishes, sustainability has been the priority. The LEED-certified acoustic ceiling panels and perforated metal in classrooms and loud areas, green circle certified and/or recycled flooring materials, upholstery with recycled content, and LEED-certified furniture. The lifecycle of the flexible furniture and sustainability of the facility let our future generation learn and grow in a healthy and flexible environment.  


The CO-COON Centre for Developmental Trauma Disorder is designed to improve the lives of children and families by providing an effective and efficient trauma service. The goal is to provide a fun, inclusive, and safe environment that will positively impact the success of recovery while providing the best possible care tailored to each individual’s needs. It is a centre to educate the community about the effects of Developmental Trauma Disorder (D.T.D) and how to help someone; to lower the rate of childhood trauma that will be carried over into adulthood in the form of PTSD and finally, to lower the rate of children that are being sent into the foster care system. 

The centre will provide both formal and informal therapy treatment through the use of professional therapy, counselling, assessments and educational classes. In contrast to the formal treatment, there will also be open communal spaces, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, recreational activities and relaxation spaces which are less formal but still provide therapeutic relief.  


Flourish is a mental health facility for young adults located in Brantford, Ontario. It is designed to be a safe space, or a home away from home. Through an accredited process, we help young adults get the proper care and information to help improve their mental health. By offering many programs our patients will learn to deal with symptoms associated with mental illnesses. We are not only helping the individual but bringing the community together to help each other.


Life skill-based learning (LSBL) is an educational method that is effective in teaching students’ valuable soft skills currently missing from the traditional school curriculum. The goal of the Framework Educational Facility is to deliver this knowledge to young students in a manner that celebrates learning through play, exploration, and collaboration. The organic structure of the interior space reinforces the break from conventional learning. Flexibility and variety within the spaces allow for adaptation to different activities and student needs. Breakout spaces within the facility provide an opportunity for learning to take place outside the classroom environment, showing students that learning can happen anywhere. 

Conestoga BID 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.

The new Women’s Place of South Niagara domestic violence shelter will not only provide a safe place to stay for those at risk and house support services, it will also increase the psychological well-being of the clients. The new shelter will be located in an adaptive reuse building, originally built in the 1920s. Five key design factors for healing environments will be integrated and include: safety and security, giving clients a sense of control and autonomy, reducing or eliminating environmental stressors, encourage social support, and provide positive distractors. Universal design principles, circulation, layout, and wayfinding, as well as control over the elements within the built environment all establish sense of control and autonomy for clients. Environmental stressors will be reduced with the inclusion of home-like features which foster meaning and place attachment for the clients. Soft elements like window treatments, lounge furniture, and personalization of spaces all work to dispel the institutional atmosphere. The design of the shelter will encourage social support by creating areas for social gatherings, separate areas for different age groups, as well as areas for privacy. Positive distractors that evoke a sense of respite will also be used in several living spaces, a children’s play area, and a youth lounge.

The design concept for the funeral facility is to provide a supportive atmosphere for clients facing the loss of a loved one. The interior is welcoming and comforting, enhanced by the presence of water, which was the topic of my academic research. Events are accommodated in flexible and multi-functional spaces which support various cultural practices while providing privacy and clear wayfinding.

The Idea Exchange Library and Arts Centre is a space for the community to gather, explore new ideas, and delve into the world of learning and the arts. The library gives visitors access to technology and equipment, which they may not have at home, to explore and develop their creativity. The open space plan, combined with engaging elements placed throughout the library, allows for easy and intuitive navigation throughout the user-oriented space. Each space was designed to be flexible to support the many different activities that are offered at the library to support the mission of exploration and discovery.

The Simcoe Pediatric Cancer Treatment and Research Clinic will create an individualized care experience, fostering a sense of healing and well-being for patients, families, and staff alike. The interior is inclusive, comforting, and engaging through the use of comfortable furnishings, materials, cognitive wayfinding strategies, and biophilic elements. Lighting the clinic space is calming and welcoming, while ample task lighting is provided for staff for their work. Cove lighting and surface-mounted strip lighting provide a diffused glow overhead, while the large feature pendants in central spaces provide a sense of opulence. A combination of acoustic tile, wood panels and gypsum board provide sound-absorption and visual interest. The ceiling in the reception, library, and feature leaf-shaped voids in the café all add to a biophilic motif.

The Community Hub comprises five departmental neighbourhoods on the first and third floors: program and amenity, daycare, De dwa da dehs neyes (DAHC) clinic, Woodview Clinic, and social services. Each neighbourhood pays homage to traditional indigenous cultural values, and encourage youth engagement.

Fanshawe BID Projects Part 2

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.


The Fanshawe Student Learning Centre is a place for students on the downtown campus to socialize, collaborate and study with their peers. Designed to facilitate learning and protect the environment, the student centre is a completely self-sustaining building that is net zero and LEED Platinum certified. The goal of the space is to educate students on sustainable measures using passive learning techniques such as small informal plaques and stickers, QR code stickers that can be scanned for information, as well as diagrams and infographics throughout the building.

Students are future leaders in healthcare, government, business etc. By educating them on sustainability, they can carry this information forward and lead the change to stop climate change and global warming.


By understanding effective addiction treatments, rehabilitation for individuals can occur away from an institutional setting. This study focuses on effective long-term treatment methods such as therapeutic architecture and utilizing human connections as a form of effective rehabilitation. Incorporating these methods and the cognitive functions and behaviours of individuals struggling with addiction, the built environment can be designed to act as a therapeutic sanctuary.


“The preservation of heritage architecture is an integral part of society’s sustainability, culture, and well-being.” (The National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2014). This thesis proposes an immersive Living Lab approach to housing for students of a Heritage Restoration Program by promoting a design philosophy which supports the integrated approaches of revitalizing heritage elements of their living environments. The proposed design supports students through every aspect of the program’s curriculum, which includes hands-on restoration, cultural landscape theory, and local engagement.


Refugees immigrating to Canada have experienced psychological distress and trauma, however, the physical environments that welcome and assist refugees are not designed to support the mental health and wellness of its users. Trauma-informed design recognizes that the physical environment can have an emotional and psychological impact on users. By applying evidence based research design solutions to public spaces for refugees, these spaces can provide a safe and welcoming environment, and support emotional and psychological needs of all users.


With mental health issues affecting a majority of the world’s population, there has been significant evidence that psychological distress is found to be extremely high with students. Despite the substantial student-reported need for support from campus services and evidence only a small proportion of students actually seek help. The purpose of this project is to provide a space that meets the needs of all students during their education to better the mental health and wellbeing of every student. To achieve this goal, I have designed an approachable and interactive student wellness centre.

The design of the space embodies the sense of control and comfort by allowing students the freedom to utilize the space to meet their own needs. In relation of reducing student anxiety levels, I have incorporated biophilia design implementations such as plants, natural elements and materials drawn from nature. I have taken a holistic design approach to ensure the space supports physical, mental and spiritual health to improve the overall well-being of all students. By providing all these areas under one roof creates an open and welcoming atmosphere for all students and potentially reduce the stigma behind mental health.

Fanshawe College BID 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.


My thesis project is the design of a counselling centre for veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to improve their health and well-being outcomes. When facing PTSD one can experience many negative side effects, including constant awareness, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal problems at work and home. From my research, I was able to design a space that promotes comfort and healing for this vulnerable population.


My thesis project focuses on designing for family-centred involvement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My research focused on the way family involvement has a positive effect on the healthy growth and development of infants in the NICU. To promote family involvement, I designed a space that promotes the involvement of parents in the NICU to optimize infant care.


This project focused on memory care for retirement residences. My project is the design of a memory care home for residents experiencing dementia which promotes senior independence through social spaces and wayfinding.


Today’s youth are a driving force in global sustainability issues and have the potential to create meaningful, lasting change. Despite this fact, youth still face challenges to living sustainable lifestyles, constrained by environmental limitations, or learned behaviour. My thesis project explores the relationship that youth have with sustainability and possible design solutions which can be implemented to encourage sustainable lifestyle practices.


Throughout history, hospital emergency departments have been focused on staff efficiency. Now, the design of the emergency department is becoming more human-centred for patients, in conjunction with staff. The focus of my thesis project is an emergency department that increases well-being and decreases patient anxiety through the integration of interior design interventions. Interventions like biophilia, proper lighting design, and acoustical design work together to create a safe, tranquil, and healing environment.

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.