Design for Aging

The AIANY Design for Aging is a new committee 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 for all to enjoy. 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. If you wish to participate, please contact committee chair Christine Hunter

Contact Information


Lisa Morgenroth, Assoc. AIA

phone:  212-484-2453


Christine Hunter

phone:  212 253 7820 x5680


 Upcoming Events:


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
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January 9, 2014 -- Booming Boroughs Exhibition Opening, Designing for Aging in SMLXL
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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
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May 18, 2013 -- Booming Boroughs, Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC Charrette
For more information about the event go to
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
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January 29, 2013  -- Better Living through Density
David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP
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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
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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    
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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) 


Meeting Dates and Locations

The committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, with exceptions in November and December.  All meetings start at 6:00pm and will be held at the Center for Architecture.   

August 28, 2014

September 18, 2014

October 16, 2014

Committee Meeting Minutes:

    July 24, 2014  

    June 26, 2014

      April 24, 2014

      DFA Sub-Committee

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 will take 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

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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