Design for Aging Review

Design for Aging Review, a biannual competition, showcases facilities that improve quality of life for the aging while exhibiting innovation in their design and execution. The next competition (DFAR 2013) has concluded. Award recipients will be announced at the AIA National Convention and Expo in Chicago, IL through June 26-28, 2014. 

The Design for Aging Review program, a joint effort of the AIA and LeadingAge, includes a juried exhibition, a companion book, and education programs. The program encompasses a broad view of facilities designed for senior citizens, including nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. This year's program included three new subcategories: special features, research projects, and sustainable building solutions. The projects are chosen for inclusion by a panel of jurors, which included architects, facility managers, and care providers.

The Design for Aging Review seeks not only to demonstrate architectural design trends and recognize excellence but also to serve as a reference for providers, developers, users, advocates, architects, and other design professionals in this growing market. Since the competition began in 1992, more than 300 facilities, domestic and international, have participated in the review.


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Design for Aging Review Eleven

This compilation of more than 30 outstanding projects in the areas of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes represents the best current work designed by architects for the ever-increasing aging population. A dedicated jury of architects and providers of senior housing services selected the diverse range of projects featured in this, the seventh volume in the successful Design for Aging series. Each project is presented with photographs, detailed plans, and statistics, illuminating the high level of research, planning and community involvement that goes into these advancements in living environments for seniors. This comprehensive review of architectural design trends in aged-care facilities will appeal to aged-care providers, developers, users, and advocates; architects; and interior, landscape, and other design professionals. Purchase a copy. View the individual project profiles:


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Design for Aging Review Ten

This compilation of more than 30 outstanding projects in the areas of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes represents the best current work designed by architects for the ever-increasing aging population. A dedicated jury of architects and providers of senior housing services selected the diverse range of projects featured in this, the sixth volume in the successful Design for Aging series. Each project is presented with photographs, detailed plans, and statistics, illuminating the research behind these advancements in conscientious living environments for seniors. This comprehensive review of architectural design trends in aged care facilities will appeal to providers, developers, users, advocates, architects, and interior, landscape, and other design professionals. Limited copies are available for discounted cost of $36.00. Download the order form and submit to AIA/DFA staff at knowledgecommunities@aia.org. The DFAR 10 award recipients are: 
  • Buena Vista Terrace, HKIT Architects
  • DeVries Place Senior Apartments, HKIT Architects
  • Sun City Palace Tsukaguchi, BAR ARchitects
  • The Point at C.C. Young, Perkins Eastman
  • Hope House at Hope Meadows, Mithun
  • Lenbrook, THW Design
  • DeVries Place Senior Apartments, HKIT Architects
  • The Ridge and Boulders of RiverWoods at Exeter, JSA Inc
  • Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Steinberg Architects
  • Silver Sage Village Senior Cohousing, McCamant & Durrett Architects
  • Westminster Village Town Center, Perkins Eastman
  • NewBridge on the Charles, Perkins Eastman
  • Hospice of Lancaster County, RLPS Architects
  • SKY55, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

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Design for Aging Review Nine

The jury of architects and providers of senior housing services selected a diverse range of more than 30 projects, covering assisted living, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes for the ninth cycle of the competition. A new category, notable features, is included in this edition.  Each project is presented with photographs, plans and detailed statistics. Together, the projects illustrate the future of design for the aging population. The ten merit recipients were:

  • The Mirabella at South Waterfront, Portland, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects
  • Saban Center for Health and Wellness, Woodland Hills, SmithGroup
  • Mission Creek Community, San Francisco, HKIT Architects
  • Marsh's Edge, St. Simons Island, CSD Architects
  • Jenkins Terrace, Columbus, JMM Architects, Inc.
  • Querencia, Austin, CSD Architects
  • Research: Assessing the Impact of Daylight and Natural Views, Dorsky Hodgson and Parrish Yue
  • Sun City Ginza East, Tokyo, Perkins Eastman
  • NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, Perkins Eastman
  • Bienvivir Senior Health Services - Concourse, El Paso, McCormick Architecture LLC
  • Special Recognition: Sun City Takarazuka
  • Published Project: The Sanctuary Hospice House

Design for Aging Review Vol. 4

This edition contains more than 20 exemplary projects from the 2004-2005 competition (eighth cycle) that encompass a broad view of facilities designed for senior citizens, including nursing home, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. This newest edition now includes client commentary, specific project challenges and solutions, and projects that incorporate sustainable design. The book was first published in 2006. The The six merit recipients were featured in the Blueprints for Living newsletter of the AIA Design for Aging.


 

Design for Aging Review Vol. 3 

This edition of the Design for Aging Review represents the seventh cycle of competition and features more than 40 projects that serve aging adults. Written especially for this book is an introductory essay assessing present trends in design for the aging by Michael J. Crosbie, award-winning architecture critic, journalist, and author. Read the announcement and jury comments. The following projects were honored:

 

  • Citation: Collington Episcopal Life Care Community; Mitchellville, Md.; Perkins Eastman
  • Citation: Avalon Square; Waukesha, Wis.; KKE Architects
  • Citation: Franciscan Sisters of Chicago; Chicago, Ill.; The Troyer Group
  • Citation: The Village at Waveny Care Center; New Canaan, Conn.; Reese Lower Patrick and Scott
  • Citation: Cuthbertson Village at Aldersgate; Charlotte, N.C.; Freeman White, Inc.
  • Citation: The Green Houses at Traceway; Tupelo, Miss.; The McCarty Company
  • Citation: Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons; Aurora, Colo.; Boulder Associates, Inc.
  • Citation: St. Cecilia PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly); New Orleans, La.; Blitch Knevel Architects, Inc.
  • Special Recognition: Brigham House; Watertown, MA; The Troyer Group
  • Special Recognition: Lasell Village; Newton, MA; Steffian Bradley Architects
  • Special Recognition: Carroll Campbell Place; Lexington, SC; Perkins & Will

Design for Aging Review Vol. 2 

This edition of The Design for Aging Review 2 is a compilation of more than 70 projects that serve aging adults. These projects were submitted during the sixth cycle for a 2001-2002 competition in the areas of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes and more. A jury of architects and providers of senior housing or services reviewed each of the submissions to select an exciting and innovative range of projects to illustrate the future of design for the aging population. The book was first published in 2004. The citation recipients are:

  • Mary's Woods at Marylhurst, Lake Oswego, OR, MITHUN
  • The Summit at First Hill, Seattle, WA, MITHUN
  • The Rebecca Residence, W DeerTwp, PA, Perkins Eastman Architects PC
  • Ashbury Methodist Villag, Gaithersburg, MD, Torti Gallas and Partners - CHK
  • Foulkeways at Gwynedd, Gwynedd, PA, Reese, Lower, Patrick & Scott, Ltd

 

Design for Aging Review Vol. 1

This volume marks the fifth cycle of the AIA's Design for Aging Review. Projects featured in this publication were selected by an AIA jury in 2000 from a range of USA and Canadian projects. They represent the best current work in design for aging, and also offer an overview of the design for aging architectural, design, and consultant community's responses to a variety of programs, budgets and challenges. The book was first published in 2001. 

Design for Aging Review FOUR

The fourth cycle of our biannual competition was published online only. Learn about trends and design advancements in nursing homes, assisted living units, hospice care facilities, and more by downloading the 128 MB PDF.

The jury for the 1999 cycle of DAC's facilities review reviewed 116 submissions to the program (a record number), determining that 7 should receive AIA/AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) citations, 49 be included in the successful traveling exhibit program, and 87 be included in the online publication. The projects included in this review represent the best in design for aging, and also present a broad overview of the design for aging architectural, design, and consultant community's responses to a variety of programs, budgets and challenges.