Vision House

Small Center worked in collaboration with Women With A Vision (WWAV) to design “Vision House,” a new headquarters and base of operations for the organization.

Project Dates

August 2015–April 2016


In the aftermath of an arson attack on their former location, WWAV worked with Small Center to redesign a newly acquired building to serve the needs of its clients and accommodate its growing staff.

Small Center Engagement

In partnership with WWAV, Small Center redesigned a traditional New Orleans “double shotgun” home to accommodate WWAV’s staff, programming, and events, creating a document for leverage in the pursuit of project funding and development.

The project team closely considered the spatial needs of the expanding organization, building on its long-running success while better accommodating staff and all programming. Small Center engaged WWAV to observe current operations, interview staff and clientele, and include all stakeholders in review of proposed designs. We worked to understand how programming and staff utilize space and explored solutions that would provide active service areas, quiet sanctuaries, private staff space, and more.

Partner Organization

Women With A Vision (WWAV)’s mission is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being.


The collaborative effort packaged schematic designs, architectural plans, and budgets to serve project fundraising and a road-map for implementation. Small Center also hosted project work-sessions to explain the project and process to interested funders and potential promotional partners. To view or download the completed visioning document, please click here.



Women With A Vision

  • Deon Haywood
  • Shaquita Borden
  • Additional WWAV Staff

Team Members

Project Leads

  • Marianne Desmarais (Design Lead)
  • Nick Jenisch (Project Manager)


  • Maggie Hansen
  • Sue Mobley
  • Donn Peabody
  • Emilie Taylor Welty


  • Lolade Frankel
  • Lindsay Girardeau


  • Johnson Controls, Inc.