RAIC International Prize Scholarships: Laure Nolte

This essay was one of the winners of a 2019 RAIC International Prize Scholarship

Laure Nolte recounts “uncomfortable” visits with her mother in a long-term care facility after she developed multiple sclerosis. “Weaving my core values around the awareness of design’s ability to enhance emotional and physical healing has been my call to action to the field of architecture,” she writes. By delving into current research, Nolte looks at how architecture can, through design, ambiance, and materials used, improve quality of life and support healing, especially for those in institutional settings.

Jury comment: This submission expanded outward from a personal experience of illness…to a broader reflection on the meaning and impact of architecture on human well being, as well as the interplay of human cognition and built space.