I believe in the power of design to improve the lives of others. My M.F.A. thesis project focuses on empowering victims of domestic violence through design. I designed a hypothetical 40,000 square foot shelter located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Saint Anna's shelter encourages resident empowerment and supports a minimal rules environment. The design was based on a review of literature, original research, and precedent studies. To see more renderings from this project please visit my portfolio website at: katrinarutledge.carbonmade.com.