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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Submit for the 2020-2021 Fellowship. Applications will be open for a few more weeks! The Design for Aging Knowledge Community offers a fellowship grant for graduate students and emerging professionals in an Undergraduate or Graduate study of a student enrolled in an Architecture Program or aging focused program (nursing, gerontology, health administration, product design, industrial design, landscape, etc.).
The fellowship will increase their awareness of the needs and nature of aging in place, attracting talented young architects, designers, professionals and students to the field and advancing the knowledge of planning and design for senior living environments. Awards typically range from $7,500 – $15,000.
Research topics should focus on the relationship between the built environment and resident quality of life and wellness of future models of care. Example topics could include but are not limited to: