Design for Aging Review, 14th Edition

  Brightview Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. Photo credit: Hord Coplan Macht 2017
The Design for Aging Knowledge Community leadership is proud to announce the recipients of the Design for Aging Review Awards, 14th Edition. View Merit and Special Recognition projects >

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.

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.  

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.

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    I am not sure what criteria you would use for a competition since this is such a broad topic....how to age in place?.....how to select an alternative to present situation? Needs...personal for one or ...

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    To help AIA DFA leadership better understand how we can best serve the senior living industry and how we can make the biannual DFAR the most rewarding for those who submit (and for those chosen as recipients) ...

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. 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. View the newsletter archive >