Committees

Design for Aging

The AIANY Design for Aging Committee was founded in April 2010. Our goal is to increase public awareness of the needs of the elderly in an urban environment, and by designing to accommodate those needs we aim to create a more age-friendly City.
The committees of the AIA New York Chapter are the foundations from which the Chapter positions itself in the field of architecture, whether through discussion, advocacy, policy making and development, event and exhibition planning, or other endeavors. 
AIA members, AIA Associate Members, and non-members are all welcome to participate in committees.  
For more information about getting involved with a committee please contact Eve Dilworth Rosen, Director of Program Committees, at erosen@aiany.org
We would like to have more people join us so that we can explore a wider range of options and have a stronger influence on projects and programs in NYC and beyond. If you wish to participate, please contact committee chair Christine Hunter

Contact Information

Committee Chair

Christine Hunter

phone:  212 253 7820 x5680

email:  chunter@maparchitects.com

 

Meeting Dates and Locations 

Proposed Committee Meeting Dates for 2016: 1/28; 2/25; 3/24; 4/28; 5/26; 6/23; 7/28; 8/25; 9/22; 10/27; 11/17; 12/15

Upcoming Events:

Tafel Hall Dates for 2016 proposed by Chapter: 5/31; 7/26; 9/15; watch for announcements.

 2016 Initiatives

Our sub-committee is working with NYCHA Amsterdam Houses to re-design their lobby for better amenities; click here to learn more.

Habitat Magazine's recent article on Aging in Place has interesting news; click here to read the article.

Mayor de Blasio comes to the Town Hall meeting on Senior Housing, January 27, 2016; click hereHeld at Lincoln Square neighborhood center.

L to right
Margarita Curet,  president of Amsterdam Houses Residents Association.  Herbert Oppenheimer, AIA Design for Aging Committee.  Gail Ressler, aia Design for Aging Committee,  Mayor deBlasio.

 

 

Archive of Events

2015 Public Events

December 10, 2015: Universal Kitchen and Bath Design for Health and Longevity

Speaker:  Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, President of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., Brookfield, CT

 The perspective of this program on Universal Design emphasizes elements really wanted in the home, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen. Universal design should be an inherent part of all residential projects, certainly with respect for the aging process, but more with respect for the differences among us. With the goal being motivation towards a healthy and independent lifestyle, this program will consider trends that are driving universal design and some of the concepts and products that are supportive of the health and longevity that our clients and our society are seeking.

  1. General Trends
  2. Design Trends
  3. Kitchen Concepts and Products
  4. Bath Concepts and Products
  5. Case Studies 

 Location:  Hafele America Co. 

 Nov. 12, 2015: a full day seminar on "Extreme Heat", a topic of interest for the Design for Aging Committee, in collaboration with the Design for Risk and Reconstruction. Click here for more information.

Nov. 19, 2015: Virginia Tech FutureHAUS:  Smart Architecture for People of All Ages

Speaker: Joseph H. Wheeler, AIA, Co-Director Center for Design Research, Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is a working prototype of the Virginia Tech, Center for Design Research, which proposes an innovative new approach to the way we construct buildings. By embracing the multiple benefits of prefabrication, a home can now be created faster, for less money and resulting in less waste, while responding better to the diverse needs of all potential residents. Precision manufacturing, flexible use space planning, an advanced passive energy scheme, and smart home technologies empowering the emerging benefits of the “Internet of Things”all merge to provide comfortable and sustainable housing in a small footprint. The presenter will highlight the innovative and award winning FutureHAUS prototype, its innovative modular construction process and its integrated smart technologies. He will then propose how we can implement these concepts to better design for communities and their aging residential needs. We will reserve ample time at the end of the presentation to engage the audience in a discussion about the challenges and seeming contradictions of using technology for assisting the elderly.

Location:  Hafele America Co. 

Oct. 6, 2015: AGING IN PLACE IN NYC: A Community-Based Prototype for 60 Amsterdam Avenue

 Event in Tafel Hall, AIANY CFA

Moderator: David Burney 

How can our existing multi-family buildings be improved and upgraded to accommodate growing numbers of senior residents? This panel discussion will address the inter-relationship between housing and health issues, the problems of social and physical isolation, and the need for an evolving range of services that residents may require with increasing age and fragility. A prototype for the ground floor renovation of a 13-story NYCHA building is being developed through collaboration between the Amsterdam Houses Residents’ Association, the NYC Housing Authority, and the Chapter’s Design for Aging Committee, with help from local public officials. The challenges and progress of this initiative and the wider applicability of its approach will be the evening’s focus

  1. Introduction of Moderator 

  2. Introduction of Public Officials and AHRA President 

  3. Remarks by Invited Public Officials: 

    •   Manhattan BP – Gale Brewer 

    •   Council Member – Helen Rosenthal 

  4. Remarks by Margarita Curet, President of Amsterdam Houses Residents’ Association 

  5. Panelist 1 – Lindsay Goldman (NYAM) – 

  6. Panelist 2 – Bruce Eisenberg (NYCHA) 

  7. Panelists 3 & 4 – Gail Ressler & Christine Hunter (DFA Committee) 

 June 11th, 2015: Housing for NYC Seniors: Evolving Programs and Regulations

at Tafel Hall, CFA

Over the next 25 years, the number of New York City residents over age 65 is projected to grow by 40%. As more of us live longer, the increase in the number of frail elderly, primarily those over 85, will be even greater. There is a critical need for new and renovated housing to accommodate our seniors, as well as for services to those “aging in place” in their current apartments. To address this growing demand, changes to the City’s Zoning Resolution that would facilitate the creation of more affordable senior housing are currently being considered. In addition, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has rolled out new senior housing funding programs, which used to be funded at the Federal level. In this session panelists will explain these evolving programs and regulations, and address specific issues, such as parking requirements, that have limited new development in the past.

Speakers: Clair Hilger, Director, Housing Office, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (on behalf of LiveOn NY) Ray Hodges, Director of Planning and Development, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Dept of Housing, Preservation and Development Stacy Passmore, AICP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Housing, Economic and Infrastructure Planning, Dept of City Planning Moderator: Evelyn Wolff, Director of Housing Development, Selfhelp Community Services

 

2014 Public Events

October 8, 2014 -- Co-Housing & Micro-Units as Potential Senior Housing Alternatives
This event was co-sponsored by the Design for the Aging Committee and the Housing Committee
 
June 23, 2014 -- Designing for a Lifetime
Helen Castle; Executive Commissioning Editor, Architectural Design Magazine (moderator)
Francesca Birks, AIA; Americas Lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team
Matthias Hollwich, AIA; Principal, Hollwich Kushner; Co-Founder, Architizer
Jayne Merkel; Architectural Historian, Critic, Author
Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP; Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
Eric Cohen, AIA; Sr. Assoc. Principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect; Faculty, New York School of Interior Design
Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP; Principal, IBI Group - Gruzen Samton Architects
Jerry Maltz, AIA; Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee
For more information about this event click here
 
January 28, 2014 -- Design for Dementia, At Home and in Urban Communities: Opportunities and Challenges
Lorraine G. Hiatt, PhD, Environmental Gerontologist, Planning, Research and Design for Aging, NYC;
Eric Cohen, AIA, Sr. Associate Principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect; Faculty, New York School of Interior Design, NYC (moderator);
Matt Kudish, LMSW, Sr. Vice President of Caregiver Services, Alzheimer's Association, NYC
Richard Olsen, PhD, Research Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and author
For more information about the event click here
 
January 9, 2014 -- Booming Boroughs Exhibition Opening, Designing for Aging in SMLXL
For more information about the event click here
 

2013 Public Events         

October 17, 2013 -- Aging in Place in NYC - Age-Friendly Strategies for NYC
Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, IBI Group - Gruzen Samton Architects (moderator);
Abby Stokes, Author: Is This Thing On?;
David Dring, Executive Director, Selfhelp Innovations;
Tameca Tillard, Managing Director, CIBS
For more information about the event click here
 
June 20, 2013 -- Booming Boroughs, Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC, conclusions of the Charrette
For more information about the event click here
 
May 18, 2013 -- Booming Boroughs, Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC Charrette
For more information about the event go to www.boomingboroughs.org
See what eOculus had to say about the event. Here are some videos of the event, morning session, afternoon session.
 
April 10, 2013 -- New Aging
Matthias Hollwich, HWKN Architects
For more information about the event click here
 
January 29, 2013  -- Better Living through Density
David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP
For more information about this event click here

2012 Public Events

October 10, 2012 -- Total Design Approaches for Senior Living in Urban Environments
David Hoglund, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman
Rachel Fredman, Community Liaison, Jewish Home Lifecare
Timothy Barnhill, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Hord Coplan Macht
Lorraine Hiatt, Ph.D., Environmental Gerontologist
For more information about this event click here 
 
June 20, 2012 -- Innovative Technologies and Care Models to Support Aging in Place
David Dring;  Administrator of Technology Services, Selfhelp Community Services
Cheryl Gladstone;  Program Director for Senior Housing, Enterprise Community Partners
Christine Hunter, AIA;  Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning    
For information about this event click here
 

April 25, 2012 --   From Plans to Practice: Best Practices in Accessible Design and Construction in Affordable Housing New York City

Peter Stratton; Senior Vice President, Director of Accessibility Compliance and Consulting, Steven Winter Associates

Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg, Architects

 

April 18, 2012 --   Aging in Place in the City: Environments for Affordable Care and Support

Joseph Healy Jr. PhD; C.O.O., Comprehensive Care Management,  Centerlight Health Care,

Stacey Johnston, M.P.A.; Director of Key Initiatives, Centerlight Health Care

Frank Lang; Director of Housing, St. Nicks Alliance

Georgeen Theodore, AIA; Principal, Interboro Partners

Christine Hunter, AIA; Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning

 

January 19, 2012 -- The Evolution of Existing Models for Senior Housing and Care in NYC

Judith Edelman, FAIA; Principal, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects

Andrew Knox, AIA; Principal, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects

Peter Samton, FAIA; Principal, Gruzen Samton Architects Planners & Interior Designers

Susan Wright, AIA; Principal, Gruzen Samton Architects Planners & Interior Designers

David Weinstein, MHSA, LNH; Executive VP & CEO, Hebrew Home for the Aged

Christine Hunter, AIA; Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning 

  

2011 Public Events

October 18, 2011 -- NYC Council Priorities for an Age-Friendly NYC

Jessica Lappin, NYC Councilwoman; Chair, NYC Council Committee on Aging

 

June 28, 2011 -- Aging-in-Place...(aren't we all?)

Eric Cohen, AIA, NCIDQ

Rosemary Bakker, ASID, MS

Ellen Fisher, ASID, Interim Dean, New York School of Interior Design

 

April 5, 2011 --      Towards an Age-Friendly New York City: An Overview

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD;  Vice President for Health Policy, New York Academy of Medicine;

 

January 13, 2011 -- Aging in Place(s) - Innovative Designs for Senior Living

Richard Rosen, AIA;  Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects

Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA;  Principal, Urban Movement Design

  

2010 Public Events

November 1, 2010 -- Inclusive Design Guidelines, New York City (IDG)

Matthew Sapolin;  Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

Robert Piccolo, AIA;  Deputy Commissioner, MOPD; Editor in Chief, IDG

Jason Mischel, Esq.;  General Counsel, MOPD

Fatma Amer, PE;  First Deputy Commissioner, Technical Affairs, NYC Department of Buildings

Steven Winter, FAIA;  President, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

William Stein, FAIA;  Principal, Dattner Architects

Steven Landau;  Director of Research, Touch Graphics

Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA;  Design Director, Urban Movement Design

Sarah Gluck;  Director of Movement Design, Urban Movement Design

 

June 22, 2010 -- NORCs - Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Nat Yalowitz, MSW, LCSW;  President, NORC Program at Penn South Housing Co-op; President, National NORC Center, NYC

Georgeen Theodore, AIA;  Principal, Interboro Partners

 

April 29, 2010 --  Design for the Aging in New York City 

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli;  Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) 

   
Committee Meeting Minutes Archive:

    July 24, 2014  

    June 26, 2014

      April 24, 2014

      BOOMING BOROUGHS

The goal of this sub-committee is to develop innovative affordable housing designs that offer improved possibilities for urban senior living, through a day-long charrette and an architectural competition. The charrette took place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Center for Architecture.

The aim of the Charrette, BOOMING BOROUGHS: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC, is to develop innovative urban housing models for senios households that are socially and economically viable and sustainable.

For additional information Please contact:

Jerry Maltz, AIARichard Rosen, AIA; Lisa Morgenroth, Assoc. AIA 

 

 Documents of Reference by AIANY DFA Committee

The two documents below were written by members of the Design for Aging Committee in May 2011, aiming to increase awareness about possibilities for making design & construction of the physical environment more age-friendly, specifically for seniors, but also for people in all age groups.

 

Top 10 Ways Architects Can Become Age-Friendly

 

Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines for an Age-Friendly New York City

 

The article Aging In Place: There's No Place Like Home was written by two members of the AIANY DFA Committee; it originally appeared in Oculus, Winter 2012 issue, the quarterly magazine of the AIANY Chapter.

 

On May 28, 2013 several members of the AIANY DFA Committee spoke at the NY Public Library, 42nd Street Central Building, about Design for a Lifetime: Preparing Your Home for Successful Aging.  A video of the event is available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL6gs3aZKBapSVTOXEYaqjiQZW4HO-4me


Links of Interest for the DFA Community 

 

 

Evidence Matters, the entire Fall 2013 issue, published by HUD Office of Policy Development & Research is devoted to Aging in Place

Age-Friendly NYC: Enhancing Our City's Livability for Older New Yorkers, a report published by the NY Academy of Medicine and the Bloomberg Administration, August 2009

5 Good Things About Aging, article in Consumer Report 'onHealth', May 2013

Low-Rise High Density Housing, Architizer magazine article

Transforming Aging Through Healthier Design, 10 page summary of a panel discussion that occured on November 2012

Environmental Geriatrics Course: Improving Function & Safety, originally presented at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

 

Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design,a report published by the AIA DFA Knowledge Community.

 

Creating Lifelong Communities in the Atlanta Region, an article from the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), about a 9-day charrette sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).

 

Universal Design Summit: Creating Livable Homes & Communities - a conference on May 6-9, 2013 in St. Louis, MO

 

Happiness the Becker Way: the All-Inclusive Humanitas Philosophy with Regard to Care for the Elderly

 

Housing in America: The Baby Boomers Turn 65 - a new publication from the Urban Land Istitute (ULI) explores opportunities and chalenges in housing the nations's older citizens

 

Report on Design for Aging Forum held in February 2012 by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF)

 

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros Talks about Aging in Place - article in the Washington Post, August 13, 2012

 

Creating a Virtual Integrated Village (VIV) - talk by Professor Dennis Domer, University of Kansas

 

adAPT Competition to design a micro-unit of approximately 300 square feet of living space in NYC, aimed at housing young singles.  

 

AIA Platform Statement to encourage candidates for Mayor of NYC to think about ways to improve the urban environment for our growing senior population.  

 

Age-friendly Colleges Starting August 17, a new website for older adults will come online.  Age-friendly New York City, a joint venture of the Office of the Mayor, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, is introducing a new and free service for older adults.  "Age-Friendly NYC College Link," an online, searchable database of educational opportunities available to older adults at the New York City-area colleges and universities. 

 

Public Housing in Vienna Traveling exhibition to examine unparalleled architecture of Viennese public housing. 

 

Future City Center Living and the Aging Society: Attitudes to Mixed-Use Developments in the UK

 

The AIA continuing education team is offering archived courses from the AIA 2012 Convention; and more than 30 learning units from AIA's existing course catalog. Many of the courses qualify for HSW credit in topics like ADA and design for aging.

 

Best Cities for Successful Aging- a new report by the Milken Institute ranking 359 metro areas in the U.S.; New York is #5

 

Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City - A Manhattan guide for seniors published by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

 

 

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