I’m Heather (Fitzpatrick) Button. I am an Architect who designs, writes, and creates environments both real and imaginary. Knitter, photographer, soccer player, designer and writer, I enjoy creativity in multiple forms.

I graduated in 2007 with my Masters in Architecture. My thesis specialized in design for supportive housing for mental health recovery. You can read the abstract here. You can download it from the University of Waterloo library website under the name Heather Christine Fitzpatrick.

I generally post poetry once a week, status updates monthly, and the occasional personal essay. Please subscribe to my blog by clicking on the link on in the right-hand column. You can also find me on LinkedInTwitterInstagram, or see my photographic portfolio on Flickr.

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Heather. Thanks for blogging about the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital, Big Idea competition. Our three finalist firms — Aditazz; Gresham, Smith and Partners; and Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (with Perkins+Will New York) — submitted their final designs Jan. 31, and will meet with our design jury March 20 – 22 in Los Angeles to present their final designs in person. We will announce the winner March 23, after the jury turns in their scorecards, and results are calculated. I’d love to tell you more about the event. Please e-mail me so I can share details!

  2. Your thesis sounds really interesting — I’ve had to cope with my mother’s bipolar illness (and hospitalizations) many times.

    I also write for the ASID Metro magazine (having studied interior design myself) and just wrote a feature about evidence-based design. It made me really better appreciate the health-reinforcing views from our top-floor apartment, of trees and the Hudson River.

  3. Hi there – I read your comment on myfamilymylife’s blog where you said, “My heart goes out to you. I have nothing to offer beyond that, and the hope and prayers that you will get the help you need.” and that made me think, “I wish I had said that.” From one Canadian to another, I thank you for that.

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