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

  

Data Mining Reports

Insights and innovation is an initiative to evaluate and report on the substantial data collected from the Design for Aging Review, a bi-annual design competition. Beginning with the 9th cycle in 2008, data has been collected on a diverse range of distinguished senior living and care facilities located in the United States and internationally. The purpose of these research projects are to describe patterns and statistics from the data; and share the findings with architects. 
Visit the archive of DFA Review Awards to download the data and insights from a specific year.

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Resources

Evaluator's Tool Kit

A POE is “structured hindsight” to review and critique the design and operations 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 assumptions and to assess whether goals have been met. It is a chance to observe the interaction 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 post-occupancy 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.

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