In partnership with the California Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Where Hope Lives involves a unique approach to evidence based design and will revitalize and redesign spaces common areas and guest rooms of the House over the next eighteen months, Designers, industry leaders, emerging professionals and students will contribute to help us achieve our vision of providing hope, joy and courage to all the families who call us home.

Where Hope Lives is re-igniting a longstanding relationship between the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House and the California Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. The partnership has spanned nearly three decades including two previous large redesign projects at LARMH.

A unique collaboration, Where Hope Lives will combine the research and insight on healing spaces of LARMH’s in house psychology team, Family Support Services with the skills and experience of professional designers in order to create spaces that can facilitate hope and healing for the families who call the Ronald McDonald House home. Through color, lighting and other design elements, the project encourages the use of Evidence Based Design to achieve the following goals:

  • Create living environments that promote harmony and calm
  • Provide stress reduction
  • Facilitate quality sleep
  • Encourage meaningful relationships and interactions

Where Hope Lives is currently seeking designers, partner vendors and sponsors to make this project possible. 

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Where Hope Lives Workshop Series
Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

Workshop 1: What is HOME?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 9:30am – 11:00am

@ Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

The concept of home is complex and malleable depending on life circumstances.  Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for thousands of different people every year.  By reviewing the current psychological literature on the meaning of “home,” designers will begin to understand the particular variables and challenges that should be considered when creating a space that honors the shared and individual meaning of “home” for families from all over the United States and around the world.  Following the lecture, participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with members of the Family Support Services Team about their experiences of our diverse families in this shared living space.


Workshop 2: Providing Comfort through Design during a Stressful Time

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:30am – 11:00am

@ Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

The families staying at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) are there because they have a child receiving care for a serious medical condition.  This type of stress impacts the way people view and use the space.  Families stay from a few nights to over a year in this “home away from home.”  The challenge can be finding ways to make them feel as if this is more than a temporary lodging.  Looking at literature from psychology, health, and social sciences, participants will be able to consider various factors related to stress and medical need that contribute to the design of the space.


Workshop 3: Understanding and Creating Healing Spaces

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 9:30am – 11:00am

@ Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

This presentation will provide an overview of the multiple socio-historical, psychological and biological perspectives on healing environments. Participants will also learn about the multiple ethno-cultural positions on the existence of and construction of healing spaces. This lecture will include guidelines and suggestions of how imagination can be utilized to create such spaces. The goal is for participants to be able to think creatively and intentionally about how to create spaces that support healing relationships between individuals and their environments. 


To learn more:

Contact Julee Brooks, Executive Director

323-644-3080 or [email protected]

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