Degree Granting Department
Architecture and Community Design
Stanley Russell, M.arch
Alexander Bothos, M.arch
Darren Azdell, M.arch
Architecture, Nature, Poverty, Child development, Gardens
On the possibilities of a child the Center for Disease Control says, “Every Child
should have the opportunity to reach their full potential”. (CDC) Children who grow up
in low-income families are at risk of falling behind in education before they even enter
kindergarten. Single parents that struggle to provide food and shelter often lack the time
and the resources to provide the early education that their children need. A college
education could provide these parents and their children with a better quality of life.
University student housing could include built in childcare services, educational
assistance and peer support, for single parents working toward their degree. The
development of a child is as important as the education of the parent. The home should
provide its inhabitants with safety and promote learning and growth.
A focus will be place on the shared common spaces. Emphasis will be given to
the shared living rooms in order to promote an interaction between the individual
families. These shared spaces would be a medium for children from the different
families to play together along side spaces for their parents to study. The private family
spaces can be minimized to sleeping quarters, a kitchen and a small living space,
providing a place for intimate family interaction. The project will also include an inhouse
childcare center, for the children living in the facility. The childcare center
provides a safe learning environment for the children, while their parents are at school.
Garden’s and play spaces throughout the building should stimulate a child’s imagination
and encourage their curiosity.
Combining a safe learning and living environment, with access to nature will
provide both a sense of security of home and school, and the freedom of exploration.
“For healthy development, undistorted by fears and worries children need to feel valued
and protected. They need both challenge and an ambience of security”(Day, 34).
Investing in a child by showing them what they are capable of achieving with education
is not a gamble. A child’s potential is a thing that cannot be left to fall, unachieved. A
healthy society benefits from the education of all.
Scholar Commons Citation
Cogsdale, Carrie, "Building a Brighter Future Through Education: Student Housing for Single Parent Families" (2009). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.