How a lifetime of asking big questions led a simple carpenterto an integration of architecture, psychology and brain science. Designing Homes to be Psychologically Fitting Ecosystems Christopher Travis has spent his lifetime learning how to craft homes that fit the psychology and life goals of his clients. In his early twenties, before he began his first design/build firm, Travis was already deeply interested in self-realization and personal development. He studied psychology, perception and brain science - as well as many philosophies and methods - as a means of coming to know himself. Over the years, his personal quest and subsequent training as a life coach began to integrate with his career as a designer and builder. “By the time I was in my late thirties, I began to joke with my clients that I wasn’t just remodeling their houses, I was remodeling their lives.” In 1998, his lifelong interest became an obsession after he created an early version of the Truehome Workshop. The Workshop proved to be so successful with his clients after a two year trial that he began an intense multi-disciplinary study that continues to this day. That quest formed the theoretical view behind Truehome and its patent pending approach. For over a decade, before major universities became interested in his work, his laboratory was his architecture firm and his research subjects were his clients. It is this mix of cross-disciplinary science, self-actualization and practical experience in the field that makes his perspective so unusual. It’s also why his lectures and seminars are useful and engaging to people who want to change their living space and the professionals who serve them. Contact us about public speaking and seminars Workshops for Couples Planning Projects: Understanding Your Emotional Architecture: Each of us has a unique psychological “fingerprint” in our brains that determines how we respond to our most intimate environment. A workshop about coming to know your true relationship with your home. Creating a Healing Home: An interactive workshop focused on how the home can be used as a tool for reducing stress, empowering relationships and focusing on life goals. Remodeling Relationships: A workshop for couples who want to reduce stress and relationship conflict during a project and for years after their project is complete. The Truehome Workshop: An intensive workshop given over two weekends for couples in the early stages of buying, building, designing, remodeling or redecorating a home. Design and wellbeing professionals welcome if invited by participants. Workshops for Students and Design Professionals: Designing Homes as Fitting Ecosystems: A half day seminar primarily designed for students of architecture, interior design or building technology. An overview of the Truehome approach and human factors design criteria development for professionals. New Paradigm - Partnership Between Designers & Therapists: A one day interactive workshop designed to inspire collaboration between architects, interior designers and wellbeing professionals. (Typically co-led with various licensed wellbeing professionals with experience in design psychology, environmental psychology or clinical psychology.) Emotional Architecture - A Guide to Using Human Factors Programming Without Compromising Your Vision: Using your clients’ emotional architecture as a guide for your designs might seem limiting. But in fact, it enhances your creative expression. Learn how to not only design beautiful buildings, but to help your clients design the lives they really want. Contact us about public speaking and seminars An Evangelist for Therapeutic Design with a Sense of Humor Christopher Travis is also a bit of a satirist. For over a decade, he was the writer and publisher of a regional quarterly the Arts at Large columnist of The New York Times called the "Prairie Home Companion of the Lone Star State." The author compared the two authors as follows: “While Garrison Keillor's whimsical meanderings may provoke a few wry smiles, Travis's material can produce beer-belly laughs.” Travis’ faux "investigative reporting" fooled the Daily Show and teased Texas newspapers and TV stations into seeking interviews with the fictional characters that populated his “newspaper” that hailed from the tiny town of Round Top, Texas - Pop 90. So expect the unexpected from Chris. He pokes a little fun at himself and the eccentricities of homeowners and home professionals. Contact us about public speaking and seminars.