Design for Aging

 



The mission of the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning, and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.

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Design for Aging Review
 

Design for Aging Review

Showcasing innovative facilities that improve quality of life for the aging.

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Blueprints for Senior Living

Blueprints for Senior Living

Blueprints for Senior Living is the AIA Design for Aging's electronic newsletter. The goal of this publication is to provide information that helps our members better understand upcoming events and their content and offer access to related organizations and articles on pertinent topics concerning seniors housing and care. Through the newsletter, we aim to let you, our members, know what is happening in the community as well as offer you a platform for sharing your expertise with the community.

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Local & State Components

Local and State Components

While Design for Aging, a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects is a 3,000 member national organization based in Washington, DC, only a handful of members actually ever come face to face, but this is rapidly changing. Design for Aging has emerged in major metropolitan areas across the country represented by local AIA Components. Typically they meet monthly exploring a wide range of topics reaching a much broader constituency than experienced in the past.

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About DFA

The mission of the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning, and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.  

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Awards, Publications, Competitions

Design for Aging Review 12 Call for Entries

The Design for Aging Review is a biannual competition and publication showcasing facilities that improve quality of life for the aging while exhibiting innovation in their design and execution. Start your entry here.
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Design for Aging Student Competition: Culturally Specific Living: China's Challenge
DFAR 12 Student Competition.pdf

In the past few years, China has emerged as Senior Living’s land of opportunity.

The AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Committee is seeking ideas in response to the following questions:

     • What are the specific features of a flexibly designed residential unit for seniors living independently or
        with assistance that can accommodate a variety of functional impairments?
     • What are examples of culturally specific design solutions that make this project specific to its context?
     • How will the nursing

Submissions will be due to the AIA by December 22, 2013. The Design for Aging Review jury will review the submissions immediately thereafter. Winners will be notified in early spring 2014. Further instructions with detailed information on website for submission will be sent in the fall. Stay Tuned!


Design for Aging Review

The DFAR is a biannual competition and publication showcasing facilities that improve quality of life for the aging while exhibiting innovation in their design and execution.  Learn more about the Design for Aging Review. The DFAR11 book is now available. Purchase a copy. 

New Urban Models for Aging Student Competition

This competition posed a unique challenge – design an intergenerational project that includes housing for frail elders and is an integral part of an urban community. It provided students an opportunity to learn about a project type that is part of a burgeoning market and in need of innovation. Recipient project urbanCARE by Sangolli Akshay will appear in the DFAR11 edition View the archived competition guidelines.

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Resources

Evaluator's Tool Kit

A POE is “structured hindsight” to review and criti que the design and operati ons of senior-living communities. Aft er a facility is open with residents and staff in place, there is an opportunity to review the design team’s original assumpti ons and to assess whether goals have been met. It is a chance to observe the interacti on of residents and staff and to evaluate how the design promotes that interaction. Download the toolkit.

Design for Aging Post-Occupancy Evaluations Book

What is a postoccupancy evaluation (POE)? What can we learn to improve our design of senior living environments? The book features well-researched post-occupancy evaluations for 21 senior living facilities previously featured in the Design for Aging Review and four comparative Scandinavian senior living facilities. This publication is loaded with data and examples of well-considered design solutions. Purchase the book online.

Data Mining Reports

The purpose of these research projects are to describe patterns and statistics from the data; and share the findings with architects. A second part of the projects is to assess the submission form questions and the quality of the data received to determine how to improve the DFAR Design Competition submittal process to produce usable and informative data in the future.





Design for Aging Review 11:
Insights and Innovations


The third consecutive design competition analysis performed by the Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative.

Design for Aging Review 10
Insights and Innovations:
The State of Senior Housing

December 2010

The second consecutive design competition analysis performed by the Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative, the DFAR10 Insights Study evaluated over 90 leading-edge senior living projects from around the country, as well as several international projects. The study identified commonalities that reflect larger-scale trends and unique features that challenge those trends.

Design for Aging Review 9
Data Mining Findings

October 2008

The DFAR9 Data Mining study was conducted by the Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative; and analyzed data collected by DFA’s first web-based submission process for their ninth biennial DFAR design competition. The study took into account all 72 projects submitted to the design competition, with particular attention paid to the 36 award recipients at different times during the analysis. The study received the AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Publication Award for research in 2009.


Recent News in Senior Living and Design

CALL FOR ENTRIES: DFAR12 Student Competition

The main goal of this competition is to create a place that Chinese seniors want to move – a dynamic, highly functioning community in which people will age well; one that provides activity, interest, excitement, and connections to one other as well as the greater community.

AIA National Convention Events

Post Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit: Sharing POE Approach Developed by the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community
Thursday, June 26 | 7:00-8:00 AM 

The AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community Advisory Group and the Design for Aging Review Task Force have refined a process of conducting credible and informative POEs which is published as the "AIA Design for Aging Post Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit." This program will review the definition of a POE, the three types of POE that may be considered, and the detailed process of conducting an "investigative" POE. 

Examples of POEs will be presented with the audience and recommendations shared helping others to learn from many years of POE experiences.

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Design a Future of Vitality in Aging: Navigate Limits, Expand Choices, Multiply Outcomes
Friday, June 27 | 4:00-5:30 PM | Earn 1.50 AIA HSW LUs + RIBA

The session will then turn to models of design practice: what were and are commissions and how is vitality of aging incorporated in the design. Again using case examples, these themes will be explored in terms of affordable housing, site planning/usability and notions of space criteria and building scale. 

The session will conclude with new methods for visioning, participatory design, and expediting consensus as well as the significance of architectural participation in comprehensive models of project cost, operations and affordability. See the difference being made by individuals, firms, and communities where architects have expanded visions of aging and of practice.

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Thinking Beyond the Building: Aging-in-Place and Lifelong Communities

Friday, June 27 | 6:00-7:00 PM | Earn 1.0 AIA HSW LUs + RIBA + GCBI

Learn the facts and statistics that are facing the nation regarding the aging of our population and the housing crisis it will bring. Examine projects for appropriate location, density, and intensity to understand the basic needs and incorporate healthy living choices for all ages in neighborhood design. 

Colleagues will develop knowledge of interdependent systems required to implement a sustainable regional network, which includes adequate, safe, and accessible transit choices to enable equitable and sustainable lifestyle choices to allow seniors to stay active and engaged in their communities.

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Latest Discussions

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    Aging In Place: A Forbes Report on Senior Home Care

    Posted in: Design for Aging

    The Department of Labor extended minimum wage and overtime rules to most home care workers who aid the elderly, and the media is running to provide perspective on caring for aging Americans. The new...

  • Ms. Isabella Rosse

    Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment Now Available for Public Review

    Posted in: Design for Aging

    The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and its Low Vision Design Committee are pleased to make Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment available for public review, and welcome your...

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    AIA AAH Design Awards Call for Entries

    Posted in: Design for Aging

    The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends...

  • Ann Harris

    2014 Healthcare Design Conference - Call for Presentations

    Posted in: Design for Aging

    Submission deadline-Friday, January 24, 2014 The Healthcare Design Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impact the safety, operation,...

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    CHD Research Coalition announces the New Investigator Award NIA

    Posted in: Design for Aging

    The Center for Health Design's (CHD) Research Coalition announces the New Investigator Award (NIA). Its purpose is to support high quality research studies by new investigators in the field of evidence-based...

Blueprints for Senior Living

Blueprints for Senior Living is the AIA Design for Aging's electronic newsletter. The goal of this publication is to provide information that helps our members better understand upcoming events and their content and offer access to related organizations and articles on pertinent topics concerning seniors housing and care. Through the newsletter, we aim to let you, our members, know what is happening in the community as well as offer you a platform for sharing your expertise with the community. E View the newsletter archive now.

Latest Resources

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    How Do You Handle Stress???

    Design for Aging

    I recently presented this topic to a group of caregivers in Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes, caregiving - as in what some of you may be doing right now while balancing your busy careers with caring for... more

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  • Dr. Wei Wu

    Use of BIM in Aging-in-Place Projects

    Design for Aging

    Wei Wu, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Department of Construction Management, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458. Email: wwu@georgiasouthern.edu , Tel: (912) 478-0542 The story went... more

  • Hannah Wong, AIA

    Design to Celebrate Life

    Design for Aging

    Architects can design homes, but not families. We can only design spaces as stages for stories to take place. Likewise, the blueprint for senior living involves space planning for a safe environment,... more

    1 person recommends this.
  • Michael Kephart, AIA

    Bringing Families Together

    Design for Aging

    “Baby Boomers, the first of whom are now over 60 themselves, have adult children living at home not yet able to afford their own place. They also may have aging parents beginning to need care... more

    1 person recommends this.