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DFAR11 | Features | Submit Article | Advocacy Survey | Call for Proposals | Competition | Upcoming Events

DFAR11 Project Spotlight

The Houses On Bayberry
Published Project
RLPS Architects

This new neighborhood of up to five small house clusters responds to the need for affordable, moderately sized, higher density homes near the center of the campus, over several phases of construction.The homes reflect a high level of thoughtfulness and detailing in a relatively small square footage at a modest price point. View the project profile.

Landis Homes: Hybrid Homes - Citation Award Recipient
Exterior view of second cluster of Houses on Bayberry at dusk
© Larry Lefever Photography

Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse & Chapel
Published Project
Perkins Eastman

This project is seen by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as a step to provide an age-in-place replacement convent for their membership, to serve the needs of their aging Sisters. The new building will ultimately, once the Sisters have passed on, be used as affordable senior housing for the community at large. View the project profile.

Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse and Chapel
The Motherhouse offers a modern, energy efficient home appropriate for aging in place and transition to other laity use.
© Perkins Eastman


Current Trends in Senior Living as a result of Aging in Place & their Impact on Assisted Living
By Shekhar Bhushan, AIA

The objective of this paper is to better understand the impact on programming and design that the preference for aging in place may have on all aspects of senior living especially assisted living, with respect to both standalones and as part of senior living campuses now and in the future. Download the PDF to read the entire article.

Valuing Connectivity: Exploring the Importance of Civic Inclusion and Walkability for Senior Living
By Dodd Kattman, AIA, LEED AP and Zachary Benedict, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

As the Baby Boomers approach retirement, they will be less tolerant than any generation before them of accepting a lifestyle removed from the community–at–large. This phenomena will encourage CCRC's to explore how their residents can remain an integral part of the community—resulting in the realization that site selection may be one of the most important decisions a CCRC will ever make in exploring how they can provide environments that support aging–in–place. Download the PDF to read the entire article.

My renovation saga: Needing a lift later in life
By Mary McCutcheon | The Washington Post
Mary McCutcheon is a retired professor of anthropology at George Mason University.

My name is Mary. I'm an aging person with an aging house. I'm going to tell the story of transforming my house from something I don't want into something I do ... "Aging in place" has become a buzz word these days. It's easy to get used to the "in place" part. Getting used to the "aging" part isn't so easy. Even if I am in good shape now, this could change in an instant. Read the article online now.

Assume They Want Your Help
By Mimi Zeiger

An absurdly frustrating attempt at shaving in his hospital room motivated Michael Graves FAIA to become a champion of universal design-in healthcare, and everywhere … Graves is frustrated by the lack of good, affordable, mass-produced healthcare products, especially as baby boomers reach the precipice of old age. "I used to say that we are in 'the new normal.' And it got to be a phrase. There are now-I've forgotten how many millions of boomers there are. But if you sprained your ankle today and you needed to get a pair of crutches, where would you go?" Read the article online now.

All Signs Point to Possibilities: "De-Institutionalizing" the Senior Living Community through Design
By Mary Leary, President and CEO, Mather LifeWays

When someone strolls into The Mather, its distinctive features immediately stand out. Bright, sunny oranges are stacked tastefully in tall, cylindrical glass vases at the front desk. From the drawing room fireplace, an immaculate, horizontal row of aesthetically spaced flames glow invitingly. It's the little things that create a bigger picture, and sign design and placement throughout our residence are no exception. Our signs tell a story—a story that begins with our founder Alonzo Mather, a humanitarian and innovator who worked to break down the barriers of aging more than 70 years ago. Read the article online now.

Submit an Article

We are inviting all of you to consider writing or repurposing one or more articles for the next Blueprints. What can you write about? Anything! Anything, that is, that is related to DFA.

All we ask is that you send us the title of your proposed article, a link (if already published), and a short paragraph describing its contents. If more than one paper is proposed on the same topic or similar topics, we may suggest that the two writers collaborate on one paper.

Submit a White Paper to CCA Library

Help to Improve the Legislator Relationship Survey Results

Amanda Stratton | 202-626-7356
Your help is needed to affect positive change in architectural policy. Find out how you can do your part by taking the legislator relationship survey and share these links with your members. The more information we have, the more effective we can be in our advocacy efforts.

Call for Presentations:
2013 Environments for Aging Conference

Environments for Aging brings together developers, owners, design professionals, product manufacturers, academia, aging specialists, and government officials to explore new ideas for creating places that support people as they age. Environments for Aging is developed by professionals who are day-to-day advocates and champions for the improvement of health care and life experiences for the aging population.

This premier event is the most comprehensive conference in the industry offering attendees a state-of-the-art multi-track, multi-disciplinary learning event. Attendees benefit from access to the latest and best information from thought leaders and innovators within the field of aging.

Presentation proposals are now being sought for this conference. Submit a speaking proposal.

The deadline for submissions is August 10, 2012 5 p.m. PST

Active Lifestyle Ideas Competition

Leonard Florence Center for Living
AIA Young Architects Forum and Committee on Design

Apply Now

Active Lifestyle YAF/COD Ideas Competition Launched at AIA Convention

With an eye on the 2013 AIA Convention in Denver, the AIA Young Architects Forum and Committee on Design begin an ideas competition with public health in mind.

Learn more about the competition.

Upcoming Events

Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | July 14-19 | Register now

2012 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition
Denver, CO | October 21-24 | Learn more

MatherLifeways: Café Plus Workshop and "How-To" Manual
Evanston, IL | November 6-7 | Register now

A National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition (ErgoExpo)
Las Vegas, NV | December 4-7 |

View the entire AIA webinars calendar.

Did you know anyone can join AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community for FREE? Sign-up on AIA KnowledgeNet and start a discussion in the Design for Aging Discussion Forum.

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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