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Committee Chairs
Diane Dooley AIA, LEED AP /
Ruth Neeman AIA /
The Design for Aging Committee is part of the Architectural Design Commission.


What are the steps that we can take to support age-friendly design in our communities? Our September 19th meeting hosted two...
Hot topics for discussion and review with the Design for Aging Committtee are listed below. Do you have a hot topic on your...
The Design for Aging Committee recuperates each August, and this one is no different--we meet next in September!  ...
What does aging mean for Boston residents? How do we continue to contribute to the communities we love as our needs change?...
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On July 21st, the Design For Aging committee was invited to hold our July meeting at the community of Fox Hill Village in...
The BSA Design for Aging committee participated in this announcement of the City's Age Friendly Boston Civic Academy....
Boston Society of Architects Design for Aging Committee - Project Description Between 2010 and 2030, Massachusetts’...
The BSA Design For Aging Committee NEEDS YOU!!! The Boston Chapter of the Design for Aging community collaboration with the...

Past Events

July 17, 2018 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Tour of Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home This month’s Design for Aging Committee meeting will feature a tour of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home as a...
June 19, 2018 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative - Age and Dementia Friendly Community Movement

The Design for Aging Committee is welcoming James Fuccione, MPA, Senior Director of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) for the June 2018 meeting to speak about the Age and Dementia Friendly Community movement and how our state is a national leader in an effort to create livable and inclusive communities for people of all ages. Mr. Fuccione will be joining Sandra B. Harris, Principal of S. Harris Interiors, a DFA founding member, and an AARP Volunteer for the presentation and discussion.

As a complement to previous presentations and discussions on Livable Communities provided by Michael E. Festa, State Director of AARP Massachusetts and from the Age-Friendly Boston Initiative provided by the city’s Elderly Commission, Mr. Fuccione will be discussing the statewide efforts on how cities, towns and regions across Massachusetts are becoming Age and Dementia Friendly. Moreover, the discussion will focus on opportunities for The BSA Design for Aging Committee and its membership to get involved in advising and influencing local and statewide work.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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May 15, 2018 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
DEAFSPACE: Lessons on Architecture, Empathy, and Cultural Agency For the May 2018 meeting, DFA will host Hansel Bauman, campus Architect for...
April 17, 2018 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Creating Livable Communities

The Design for Aging Committee is pleased to have Michael E. Festa, Esq., State Director of AARP Massachusetts, join us this month to speak about the AARP “Livable Communities” initiative, aimed at creating communities that are safe and secure, with affordable and appropriate housing, diverse transportation options, and supportive engaged residents in an area’s civic, economic and social life.

The AARP Livable Communities initiative works to educate and inspire elected officials, local leaders, planners, community features and services. Once in place, these resources enhance personal independence and health, assist citizen activists in identifying their community's specific needs, and then create and implement the programs, policies and projects that will help meet those needs. 

The goal is for the communities where we live to be communities for people of all ages and life stages. 

AARP's education, outreach and advocacy work has focused on building a long-term sustainable presence in communities while driving the change that will improve the lives of residents age 50-plus.

Mike Festa served as a Massachusetts State House Representative nearly nine years before stepping down to become the state Secretary of Elder Affairs in 2007. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County and also served as President and CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind, and as Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Public Management. In this role at AARP, Festa leads the development and delivery of AARP’s community programs, advocacy and information for its more than 800,000 members age 50 and older in the Commonwealth.

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February 20, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Age-Friendly, Universal Design Charrette

The February 2018 Design for Aging committee meeting will be a Hands-on experience.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, The BSA will host a Design Charrette to develop an Age-Friendly, Universal Design housing model as part of Boston's effort to achieve AARP and World Health Organization, Age-Friendly City status.
To allow us sufficient time to review, discuss, sketch and present our ideas the event will start earlier than the normal meeting time. We will get together at 3:30 at  BSA Space and end around 6:45 PM. 
If you are not able to attend the entire session – join us anyway whenever you can.
This will be a joint effort between the BSA's Access and Design for Aging Committees.  Attendees will be given basic parameters, break down into groups to explore alternatives, make recommendations and seek consensus. Aging and accessibility experts will be among those participating in addition to representatives from Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Age-Friendly Boston.

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