Kid’s World

Santa Barbara, California

As local designer, I coordinated local aspects of design with Bob Leathers from Ithaca, New York.
I led a community effort with the Chamber of Commerce to raise over million dollars to create
I supervised volunteers in building the playground.
I designed all graphics and supervised children and adult artists in creating them.

Residential Playground

Summit House, Santa Barbara, California 

  • This playground is totally integrated into a very naturalistic environment that creates a fantasy forest for the child.
  • The design of the play structure is flexible so that both the lower and upper decks can have multi-uses as the child grows.

Symphony of Play

It is my thesis that autism is caused by early childhood psychological trauma, often prenatal, that produces extreme sensitivity, isolation and dysfunctional behavior.
This trauma is exacerbated by the stress, rapid pace, commotion, pollution and complexity of modern society.
I believe that enveloping children in a positive holistic environment that promotes health based on the following can reverse many of the symptoms of autism:

  • Rounded forms
  • Soothing colors
  • Natural materials
  • Art
  • Music
  • Play equipment that promotes flexibility and fun

Music as a Bond

Through my research and observation of the children at Sankofa School, I became aware that the primary characteristic of autistic children is non-engagement in the world.
Historically, music has always bonded individuals together by creating universal sounds in which we all dance. By creating music together the children become more engaged with each other and thus more engaged with the world.

Montecito Union

Santa Barbara, California

Learning Should Be Fun

I led PLAYSHOPS with fourth grade students in order to design new fifth and sixth grade classrooms.

Students were divided into design teams of four. Each group made proposals and a consensus was reached.

It incorporated the following:

  • Ability of classrooms to become one large space with pivoting doors
  • Second level mezzanine with teacher’s office and library
  • Rooms reflect primary subjects: American history in fifth grade; Ancient history in sixth grade.
  • Versatile furniture: stacking chairs; fold-out work tables; multi-purpose counters

All twenty student-designers presented our scheme to Montecito Union School Board.

Many of our ideas were incorporated into the new classrooms.

The experience was empowering for the entire class.

Second Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

First Floor