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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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Aging in Place Graduate Certificate Program

  • 1.  Aging in Place Graduate Certificate Program

    Posted 01-27-2016 09:02 AM
    Edited by Petra Bennett 01-27-2016 10:22 AM


    I am a research analyst with Sheridan College in Ontario Canada and we are exploring the idea of creating a program for architects and designers (and potentially others who are involved in designing or renovating for an aging population) and I am seeking input from people like yourselves who may have some great insights to share with me around this topic.  I will of course tap into the existing published resources on this website but it would be great to have a conversation by telephone as well.  

    If any of you are interested in speaking with me, I would appreciate hearing from you via email or telephone.  I can be reached at: or 905-845-9430 X8572.  

    Thank you!


    Petra Bennett
    Research Analyst
    Sheridan College
    Oakville ON

  • 2.  RE: Aging in Place Graduate Certificate Program

    Posted 01-28-2016 06:27 PM

    Interesting. There are programs in place such as one developed by a Senior Housing developer "Eskaton" - Livable Design Resources for Home Builders | Home of the Future | Age in Place Homes

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    Livable Design Resources for Home Builders | Home of the Future | Age in Place Homes
    Specific design criteria guides builders to construct homes that blend style, function and convenience. Builders achieve a platinum, gold or standard seal of approval based on the level of participation.
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    that are pretty well thought out and provide guidelines for designing homes for the aging population. There are many other elements to design, not covered in the Livable Design guidelines, that would be helpful for architects and designers to include in our repertoire of resource information when planning any facility.

    Gordon Rogers AIA
    EAS Department Executive
    Kitchell CEM, Inc.
    Sacramento, CA