University of Missouri – Columbia
An existing building on the campus of the University of Missouri was renovated to create an environment that supports the Thompson Foundation’s mission of improving the lives of individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. The center is a fully functional, sustainable space that addresses unique needs and can be flexible as needs change and the foundation’s mission evolves. It currently includes classrooms, offices, research project space, waiting rooms with private counseling rooms, a small hospitality café, and spaces for conducting diagnosis and therapy. The center’s physical design minimized visual detailing, which can distract and confuse a child with autism, while providing a warm environment through its materials and finishes. Indirect lighting has been utilized to reduce glare from lighting sources while providing a unique, comfortable environment.