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Who we are

The mission of the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community 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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Our history

By Brian D. McLaren AIA posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM


1991: The Aging Design Research Program

In 1991, a roundtable for some of the most influential providers, regulators, designers, and agencies involved in the design for aging industry was held at AIA Headquarters. The result of the two-day session, in which more than 75 individuals participated, was the creation of the Aging Design Research Program (ADRP) and the action agenda that has guided its activities since.

1996: A Center for Excellence: Design for Aging Center

To expand its initiatives and outreach, the ADRP established a permanent operational home within the AIA as the Design for Aging Center.

2004: Design for Aging Knowledge Community

The Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community was formed to more effectively represent the aging professionals who share common challenges, opportunities, and passion for design for aging. As a knowledge community, this professional interest group can collaborate to deepen their understanding of our aging society through ongoing learning and knowledge sharing.

Our initiatives

The Design For Aging Knowledge Community is leading the way across many areas important to our members. Read about our current and our past initiatives.