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What advice would you give an architect taking on a similar project for the first time?

JH: It's critical to have several long conversations with the residents. It's different when you're doing a childcare center or school, but with a residence you really learn about the individuals. It's important to get a feel for how the family lives and listen to them closely. You can spend your entire fee on research and not be any closer to solving the design problems. Listening is critical to designing a successful residence for someone who has special needs kids.  Photo 18 of 19 in A Forest Sanctuary Designed to Support Autistic Triplets, Their Parents, and a Host of Caregivers
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