Learning from Reciprocity: Deaf-led School Design



Portland, OR


JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox

Date & Time:

11.02.2022 | 2:00 pm–2:30 pm

It’s vitally important for Deaf people to learn from each other in community. As a result, sharing information is culturally ingrained for the Deaf, and empathic tendency, convergence and reciprocity are placed at the heart of Deaf-led design.

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY) is currently undertaking a significant new K-12 academic and athletic project to meet their mission and provide engaging learning environments tailored to ASL-English bilingual education for their students. As part of this effort, the design team is leveraging principles from the DeafSpace Design Guidelines, with consultants Robert T. Sirvage and Hansel Bauman, to enhance the provision of instruction and services that meet the unique communication, education and safety needs of children/youth who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

Join Mithun principal JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox for “Learning from Reciprocity: Deaf-led School Design” to learn about the CDHY design process and explore the Guidelines’ five major touch points between Deaf experiences and the built environment: space and proximity, sensory reach, mobility and proximity, light and color, and acoustics.

Date Posted: 11.02.2022