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.
Strategies for Safer Senior Living CommunitiesThis resource includes strategies for dining facilities, amenity spaces, and individual units. Download >
The 2020 MKM Student Design Competition with support from the AIA, challenges students to explore the creation of spaces, places, and living environments for the aging, and advancing senior environments through architecture and design. According to Environments for Aging magazine, as more senior living community operators adapt to meet the rising demand for more integrated, multigenerational housing options, architects, and designers are seeking new ideas for incorporating the latest amenity spaces, wellness features, technologies, and living options for seniors. Outdoor activity spaces and dining options are also essential to advancing new ideas and approaches for senior living communities in the present and in the future.
Due to COVID19, the in-person event was cancelled, so the students participated in this competition virtually.