Live course: Panel Presentation of the AIA Design for Aging Review 16

When:  Dec 5, 2022 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Design for Aging

Panel Presentation of the AIA Design for Aging Review 16

December 5, 2022 | 2-3pm ET | Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW


This session will be a panel discussion and presentation of the AIA Design for Aging Review Awards 16 winning projects by two jurors and two award winners. It was first held in-person at the LeadingAge conference in Denver, and will also be in a virtual format.

The Design for Aging Review Awards, a juried exhibition, furnishes architects and their teams the opportunity to demonstrate innovative senior living architecture solutions that improve the quality of life within specific project constraints. Four award categories were available; built, unbuilt, affordable, and small project. This cycle purposefully added affordable as a separate category to provide more opportunities for projects not often showcased with awards. And to bring more recognition to innovative work in affordable senior living.

Eight award-winning projects represent the Merit and Special Recognition award recipients for 2021. All eight winning projects will be presented as case studies. Three of the eight award-winning projects will have a deeper dive discussion by the project’s architect, including two case studies of affordable projects and the challenges with affordable project types.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how the AIA Design for Aging Review Awards and the criteria was used by the jury to determine award winners and what make the award-winning projects stand out.
  • Learn how eight separate project case-studies in senior communities focused on the design team’s response to programming, planning and design.
  • Learn how these projects improved the physical, emotional, and social well-being of their residents.
  • Learn how these projects were designed to the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence Guideline and Requirements.


J. Marc Tolson, AIA, NCARB - Moderator, 2021 Jury Chair

Marc Tolson leads Arrive Architecture Group as founder, president and managing partner. While heading Arrive’s pre-design studio and firm-wide marketing; he continues to build on more than 23 years of experience in architectural management and design. Marc champions a laser focus and expertise in housing for seniors and families. Working hands-on within the firm, Marc actively creates each building’s design concept. His experience comprises nearly 300 projects across 19 states and over 20 design awards. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida. Marc serves on the AIA’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community Leadership Group and Chaired the Design for Aging Awards Jury in 2021.

Cynthia Shonaiya, AIA- Panelist and 2021 Award Winner

Cynthia Shonaiya is an architect with 27 years of professional experience spanning three continents. She is the Senior Living Market Sector Leader at design firm Hord Coplan Macht, where she leads a team of 48 architects and interior designers. She has been Principal-in-Charge on a number of senior living, multi-family and assisted living community projects, including the award-winning Brightview Bethesda, Brightview West End, and Clare Court Convent & Apartment projects. Cindy’s strengths lie in her ability to successfully incorporate outstanding design and sustainable features within her projects for the wellbeing of residents, while maintaining and exceeding her clients’ budget expectations.

Mohammad Lawal, FAIA- 2021 Juror

As the Principal Architect and Lead Designer at LSE Architects, Mohammed Lawal is involved in the design of all LSE projects. He is well known in the architectural community as a leader in creative and high-performance facility design, as well as careful facilitation of community processes. He has been involved in and led some of the best-known facilities in the area, region and U.S. New senior living facilities include Applewood Pointe of Lake Elmo of Woodbury, Amira of Woodbury, and Satori in Minneapolis. He has been on the forefront of high-performance facilities, delivering the first LEED certified building in Minnesota. Mohammed prides himself on finding cost savings through creative visioning and on his commitment to mentoring minority youth.

David Pollak, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - 2021 Award Winner

David Pollak is the Founding Partner of Abacus Architects + Planners in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a leader at the forefront of affordable housing design for over 30 years, harnessing design innovation, smart-growth planning, adaptive re-use, prefabricated technologies, and a profound understanding of government, public process, and finance in service of his deep commitment to equity and the need for a better and more inclusive society.