Design for Aging

The AIA New York Design for Aging Committee is dedicated to the needs of the aging population in an urban environment, by exploring design issues, developing universal design recommendations, increasing public awareness, and educating professionals in various fields of those needs, to create a more age-friendly city.

We would like more people to join us as we 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 the committee co-chairs. 

Committee Chairs
Christine Hunter, AIA, 
Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
phone: 212 253 7820 x5680;

Brian J. Pape, AIA, LEED-AP,  Principal, Brian J. Pape Architect & Consultant PC
phone: 917-334-3293;

Meeting Dates and Locations
Proposed Committee Meeting Dates for 2017: 4/27; 5/25; 6/22; 7/27; 9/28; 10/26; 11/16; 12/14

Public Events and news for 2017

2017 Universal Design Conference NYC
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Universal Design Conference NYC is a multi-disciplinary gathering of educators, product and service innovators, built environment experts, decision makers, and procurement officials interested in sharing knowledge and exploring innovative applications of universal design.

Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas for producing buildings, products, and environments that are inherently accessible to all people, across the range of ages, abilities, and activities.

During this one-day event, participants will explore leading universal design trends such as community resiliency, aging in place, and livable communities through 20-minute UDx Talks. Participants will hear from leading industry experts and learn about examples of  excellence from companies and communities showcasing the principles of universal design.

Organized by: Universal Design Management, AEC Professionals Circle, and AIANY Design for Aging Committee

Seniors in the City: Design Considerations for Health and Wellness

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Esther Greenhouse, Environmental Gerontologist
Ula Hwang, MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Richard Rosen, AIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman
Moderator: Lindsay Goldman, Director, Healthy Aging, Center for Health Policy and Programs, New York Academy of Medicine
Organized by: AIANY Design for Aging Committee

In 2010, 12.2 percent of New York City residents were 65 years or older. This number will increase to 15.6 percent in 2040, making the older adult population larger than that of school-aged children. As such, the built environment will need to be designed to meet the needs of this growing population, especially in housing and healthcare.

Traditionally, the design community has responded to this population's needs through the creation of long-term care facilities. Today, architects, designers, and clinicians are focusing on creating environments that encourage wellness and healthy living for older adults outside the traditional senior care facility. Through the creation of age-friendly neighborhoods, geriatric emergency departments, and centers for healthy living, NYC will have a new paradigm to provide fitness, therapeutic, and cultural centers for seniors that can also become vibrant community resources.

Join the AIANY Design for Aging Committee for a discussion about the physical, emotional, and sensory changes that occur during the aging process and how the design of the built environment can provide support and facilitate independence whether at home, in a healthcare setting, or living in the community.

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 12. Where: At The Center  
A new publication presentation: Design Guidelines for Rehabilitation of NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is home to more than 400,000 New Yorkers, the nation’s oldest and largest public housing authority, larger than the next 11 housing authorities combined. NYCHA plans to improve the quality of its interior and exterior spaces by launching its Design Excellence initiative, part of its 10-year strategic plan, NextGeneration NYCHA. The initiative's new publication, Design Guidelines for Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings, outlines principles that guide the creation of safe, clean, and connected communities.

This event will present the collaborative work between NYCHA’s Office of Design, AIANY’s Housing and Design for Aging Committees, and Enterprise Community Partners. Participants in a panel discussion will discuss how the new guiding principles will help support the safety, health and comfort of residents, improve environmental impacts, and achieve high-quality, cost-effective design and construction.

Special thanks to:

Fund for Public Housing, Deutsche Bank, and Enterprise Community Partners for their support and partnership in NYCHA’s Design Excellence Initiative, and to Morgan Stanley and Citi Foundation for their support of Enterprise’s Public Housing work, including the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.

Peter Bafitis, AIA, Architect, Co-Chair, AIA NY Housing Committee RKTB Architects
Deborah Goddard, Executive Vice President, Capital Projects, New York City Housing Authority
Christine Hunter, AIA, Co-Chair, AIA NY Design for  Aging Committee, Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
Judi Kende, VP and New York Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners
Valerie Rosenberg, Fund for Public Housing

Krista Egger, Director of Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
Bruce Eisenberg, AIA, Director of Construction, New York City Housing Authority
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP
Deborah Goddard, Executive Vice President, Capital Projects, New York City Housing Authority
Jae Shin, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, New York City Housing Authority
Moderator: Lee Altman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning

Organized by: AIANY Housing Committee, AIANY Design for Aging Committee, and New York City Housing Authority

We invite speakers on pertinent topics to give brief talks to start our regular meetings. To learn about upcoming AIANY Design for Aging Committee events, please refer to the Center for Architecture calendar. 

 February 23rd, at 6:00pm at CFA, guests from Richard Dattner’s office made a presentation about their housing for seniors at the massive Essex Crossing development on Delancey Street.

2016 Initiatives 

(Margarita Curet, president of Amsterdam Houses Residents Association; Herbert Oppenheimer, AIA Design for Aging Committee; Gail Ressler, AIA Design for Aging Committee; Mayor Bill deBlasio.)

Mayor de Blasio came to the town hall meeting on senior housing held at the Lincoln Center neighborhood center on senior housing, January 27, 2016. For more information, click here

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