CSINext March 2021 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our February Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Trauma Informed Design: Designing for Dignity, Healing, and Joy" Panel Discussion hosted by Laura Rossbert with Shopworks Architecture . Mark your calendars for March 4th at 4:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

Construction Specifications Institute
CSINext Chapter
March 2021 Meeting

Meeting Date: March 4, 2021
Meeting Time: 4:00pm EST 
Meeting  RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b6xPKDkZTM6UPI18zF2hTw



  • Jennifer Wilson, Center for Housing and Homelessness Research at the University of Denver  
  • Rachelle Macur, Group14 Engineering 
  • Laura Rossbert, Shopworks Architecture 
  • Chad Holtzinger, Shopworks Architecture 

About this Course:

Buildings play a key part in the health and wellness of their inhabitants. Alongside that, trauma impacts a majority of Americans and influences how they experience other people and the environment around them. The speakers bring expertise on a ground-breaking understandings of Trauma Informed Design and Biophilia, exploring how the built environment can help individuals experience resiliency and move towards healing. The team’s research exploring supportive housing provides guidance for how the design of all buildings can be trauma-informed. The panelist will take participants through a conversation about how trauma impacts the human brain, evidenced-based research in Biophilia, and the findings of their trauma informed design research study and examples of how those findings influence building design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to explain how trauma impacts the brain and experience of physical space
  2. Be able to name the high-level research findings of Trauma-Informed Design
  3. Understand evidenced-based biophilia research that can inform building design
  4. Be able to have the tools to start to implement trauma-informed design on a project of which you are a part

Learning Units will be provided: Yes (LU)

About the Panelists:

Jennifer Wilson, Center for Housing and Homelessness Research at the University of Denver 
Bio: Jennifer Wilson is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research interests center around the role of social innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing poverty, with a focus on the issue of homelessness. This includes design thinking and human-centered design as creative and end user-focused approaches to novel solution generation. She is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Housing & Homelessness Research, studying tiny home communities addressing homelessness, safe parking for individuals sleeping in vehicles, and trauma-informed design in the built environment. Previously, she served as a Fellow with the Barton Institute for Community Action at the University of Denver as well as the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society at the University of Southern California. For a number of years, she worked with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Jennifer earned an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. 

Rachelle Macur, Group14 Engineering 
Bio: Rachelle Macur is a Senior Sustainability Consultant and has over 15 years in the industry, bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to the concept of sustainable development. With a background in Anthropology and Behavioral economics, her focus is on the cross-section of humans, nature, and the built environment and how we can engage individuals and organizations to reduce resource consumption and improve occupant health & wellbeing. Rachelle also consults with project teams and organizations focusing on neighborhood-scale regeneration, social change management, and biophilic design.  

Laura Rossbert, Shopworks Architecture 
Bio: Laura joins Shopworks Architecture after working in the non-profit world leading organizations to have deep impact in the communities in which they exist. Laura most recently served as the Interim Executive Director at The Delores Project where she co-led efforts to build a new homeless shelter, and 130 units of affordable housing ensuring that both the programs and the design of the building were trauma-informed. Laura is also an adjunct professor at Iliff School of Theology where she teaches on issues of power, privilege and identity. 

Chad Holtzinger, Shopworks Architecture 
Bio: Chad founded Shopworks Architecture in 2012. The primary focus of the firm is urban infill development with a particular interest in affordable housing, transit oriented and mixed use development and community-oriented projects. Chad has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and has been licensed in Colorado since 2001. His career has revolved primarily around affordable housing design and mixed-use development in the City of Denver. His unique multidisciplinary approach to design results in innovative, high performing, enduring architecture.

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