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Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

University of Missouri – Columbia


Existing building renovated to create a warm, welcoming environment that supports the unique needs of the children and parents it serves


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 cafĂ©, 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.