Eco Shelter

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architecture
CompanyArthur Dyson Architect
ArtistArthur Dyson
Design TeamAudrey Dyson
ClientEco Village, Inc. Project of Fresno
CreditDavid Swann

This small, 120 square foot, shelter was designed to replace existing tool sheds used to house the homeless. The shelter is welcoming, embracing, peaceful, uplifting and comforting and provides thermal comfort through natural heating and cooling sources. It provides not only protection from the elements, but a restorative sanctuary for the human spirit. The goal was to create an architecturally satisfying prototype to enhance the lives of the homeless and hopefully demonstrate that there are better solutions for housing impoverished human beings than in a storage shed.

Dyson studied Psychology at U of WI, Philosophy U of OK, Planning at CSUF and received a MArch at the SFIA. He served apprenticeships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, and William Gray Purcell. He was Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture 1998 to 2002. He is past president of the Taliesin Fellows and President of AIA San Joaquin. He has received of over 200 major Design awards and featured in 400 plus publications and in over two- dozen books, including The Architecture of Arthur Dyson by Mark Hammons and “Arthur Dyson: L’architettura meditative”, by Giuliano Chelazzi.