Awards publication

Design for Aging Review 13th Edition now available

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.

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. The urbanCARE project by Sangolli Akshay appeared in the DFAR11 edition View the archived competition guidelines.

DFAR13 Award recipients

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. 

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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. 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. Download more insights and innovations from past editions >

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Insights and Innovations

This project is supported with a grant from the AIA and a matching contribution from Perkins Eastman.


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.


  • Designing for Low Vision

    Design for Aging (DFA) encourages its members and visitors to learn about the various task forces established through the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation. The Low Vision Task Force presented a session at the 2017 Environments for Aging (EFA) Conference that highlighted current low-vision research efforts, including development of the LVDC's Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment released in 2015, as well as plans to evolve the Guidelines into a reference standard.

Blueprints for Senior Living

Blueprints for Senior Living is the AIA Design for Aging's quarterly 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. View the newsletter archive >

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    The theme for the next issue of 'Blueprints for Senior Living' will be interior design. We are seeking articles that incorporate creative solutions, such as way-finding, acoustics, color, decor, and furniture, ...

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    Our final theme of the year will be "After the Architect Leaves...the Good, Bad, and the Ugly." We are looking for articles that highlight design elements that worked better than expected or perhaps ...

Latest Blogs

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    Greetings readers, We are pleased to bring you the fourth and final Blueprints for Senior Living for 2016. The theme is: After the Architect Leaves: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Articles in ... more

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    By Steve Leone, AIA / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, December 2016 Its difficult to know what its like to be a resident in a long-term care community unless you are one, so I decided ... more

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    By David W. Minnigan, AIA / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, December 2016 Moving an elderly parent or relative into an assisted living facility is often traumatic, creating angst among ... more