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Features | Component News | EFA.12 Conference | Upcoming Events | Trends in Design | ADA/UD Webinars


Feedback Requested: A Friendly House
Information gathered by Tom Brutting from the AIA DFA San Francisco

Take a look at the website This site is dedicated to showcasing the best accessibly designed spaces and promoting universal design as the default in the way we build. The contributors  are interested in feedback about the site and suggestions for projects and products to report on. In the latest posting, they take a look at easy chairs in product reviews.

DFAR In the News: Design Awards Highlight New Trends in Seniors Housing
By Jane Adler

The household model, which focuses on a handful of residents, has emerged as the one of the top design trends in long-term care buildings, according to a new report. Other popular trends certain to shape the industry include residents aging in place in independent living apartments with assisted services brought in as needed, and buildings that offer on a single specialty. Learn about more trends in the sector.

Op-Ed: Multi-generational housing demand rising
By Stu Niebergall, The Leader-Post

People's housing choices are impacted by many factors including government policies, tax structures, financing methods, homeownership patterns, and availability of land. However the one factor that trumps all others in determining housing choices, according to urban historian Witold Rybczynski, is culture. Read more.

Component News

Boston Society of Architects
Find out more about the Massachusetts Culture Change Coalition has been involved with reviewing the Massachusetts licensure regulations with the purpose of identifying regulatory barriers to person-centered care and innovative models of long term care including small house nursing homes.

A core group of 8-10 individuals come to meetings on a regular basis with a passion for design but more importantly the welfare of the elderly, what can be done to improve their lives and make an impact on a larger stage.

AIA New York
Over the next twenty-five years, the number of New York City residents over age 65 is expected to grow by nearly 50%. And as more of us live longer the increase in the number of frail elderly, primarily those over 85, will be even greater. Where seniors will live and what kinds of residential services they will need are therefore vital topics for the city's future?

Read the complete components news report.

EFA 2012 Conference

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Only One Month Left to Register!

Environments for Aging Annual Conference
April 29-May 1, 2012
Disney Contemporary Resort-Orlando, FL

AIA DFA reminds you to join your colleagues once again at the annual Environments for Aging conference. Taking place April 29-May 1 in Orlando, the Environments for Aging program offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating attractive and functional living environments that meet the needs of our aging population.   

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Attendees can earn up to 15 AIA CEHs

During this comprehensive three-day learning experience, attendees will network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings.

Attendees will share common goals and innovations as well as building, architecture and design best practices. Don't miss this opportunity to gain inspiration through a gathering of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals with a vision for the future, and who will be instrumental in shaping it.  For more information or to register, visit our website at

AIA Convention Events

The Silver Tsunami:

An Aging Population's Impact on Design, Energy Codes, and the ADA

Earn 1.50 HSW CEHs and learn the history of energy codes, why we have problems, and what can and is being done to mitigate arising problems. Register for the workshop.


2012 AIA National Convention - Washington, DC

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Design for Aging Opportunities

Preparing for New Questions, Expectations, and Economics

The session presents an array of planning methods more suitable to the details of design for aging programs and the ambitious schedules required. Earn 1.50 HSW CEHs as presenters share underlying themes from designing for "the old" to facilitating vitality and memory in aging. Register for the workshop.

Welcome Home

Universal Design, Sustainable Design, and Baby Boomers

This session presents the results of a nationwide survey to prioritize the features of home design important to prospective buyers within the baby boom generation. These features include those concerned with universal design, sustainable design, and "cool" (elegant) design. Earn 1.50 CEHs. Register for the workshop.

2012 Trends in Design

LeadingAge and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are partnering to showcase cutting-edge designs and inspired architectural solutions for aging services providers. Trends in Design highlights the best in senior-living design and innovation. It serves as a primary resource for aging services leaders looking to discover new ways to provide the highest quality services to their residents. With significant buying power and a commitment to quality and innovation, these readers are the customers you want to reach.

For more information about featuring your project in the 2012 Trends in Design, view the brochure.

2012 Trends in Design

Feature your project!

Project Summary Reservation Deadline: July 14, 2012

Project Summary Online Submission: July 21, 2012

ADA + Universal Design Webinar Series Starts April 11

Beyond the ADA: How to incorporate Universal Design principles in commercial facilities
Wednesday, April 11 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.| 1 HSW CEH

Beyond the ADA: Residential Universal Design
Wednesday, May 9 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | 1 HSW CEH

Myth Busters: Excellence in Universal Design Case Studies
Wednesday, June 13 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | 1 HSW CEH

AIA/DFA Advisory Group: Joyce Polhamus, AIA (2012 Chair); Dennis Cope, AIA; Vicki Nelson, AIA, ACHA; Richard Rosen, AIA; Betsie Sassen, RN; Dodd Kattman, AIA; Tim Mueller, AIA, LEED AP; Alexis Denton, AIA

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