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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...
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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

November 21, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

LeadingAge - On the Leading Edge of the Senior Living Industry - New Orleans 2017

The November 2017 DFA meeting will focus on the LeadingAge national conference that just closed in New Orleans. With 7,000 attendees and a significant presence of architects and designers, as presenters and exhibitors, the topic of purposeful life and well-being for all took center stage.
Several Boston DFA members attended the conference and will share impressions, experiences, knowledge and, yes, photographs and videos. Halloween in New Orleans is like nowhere else in the world.
Everybody is interested in the future of senior living and what will be important to the current and future elders we serve.
The conventional wisdom in many of the educational sessions concentrated on choice to continue leading a full and meaningful life, integration in the community at large with the freedom to walk to destinations outside the confines of the senior community, technology that creates virtual communities and support and care that reaches the senior in their own home.
Joining us will be Mahsa Zahtabian, member of the winning team at the 2017 LeadingAge HackFest, a two-day event that challenges teams of 4-6 participants to “Engage with Age” by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families. 

DFA meetings are open and free for all interested. Please RSVP so we can plan for refreshments.

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

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October 17, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Facilitating Design for Aging in Place

With less than four percent of the U.S. housing stock built for individuals with mobility difficulties. Difficult-to-navigate homes can lead to or worsen health problems in older adults due to factors such as increased isolation and premature moves into assisted living or nursing facilities. Improving the health and independence of older adults requires the design and creation of inclusive physical environments that allow people to age in their homes and communities. To address needs expressed by designers and developers, Enterprise Community Partners has released an Aging-in-Place design charrette toolkit to support affordable housing owners and developers seeking to assess and respond to the needs of their aging residents through the built environment. 

Join us this month for a joint meeting of the BSA Design for Aging and Access Committees featuring 
Carrie Niemy, Josh Safdie AIA and Hazel Ryerson who will share results from the aging-in-place charrettes that Josh and Hazel led on behalf of Enterprise Community Partners across the country. The Enterprise toolkit includes check-lists, recommendations, and charrette activities to help developers, architects and everyone involved in the design or renovation of senior housing agree on their design priorities and include as many of the recommendations as possible. Josh and Hazel “piloted” these materials for Enterprise at over 10 charrettes in cities across the country. The materials are available for free down load on Enterprise’s website.

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

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September 19, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Dementia-Friendly Cities - Boston and the World For the Fall 2017 opening meeting Design for Aging will host two members of the Age-Friendly...
July 18, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Can't we talk about something more pleasant? building codes?

Borrowing a line from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s best-selling graphic novel about aging seems as applicable to building codes as it is to aging parents. This month Jim Warner FAIA, founding partner of JSA Inc. Architects, joins the Design for Aging Committee for a discussion about the pending adoption of the 2015 IBC in the Massachusetts Building Code and the significant effect it will have on assisted living construction in Massachusetts. Assisted Living emerged as a unique building model in the mid-1980s. Neither a nursing home nor a simple apartment, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) wrestled with its use, resulting in regulatory inconsistencies throughout the country. Assisted living designations currently vary among state building codes, ranging from residential to institutional occupancy use groups. Providers, developers, operators, architects, code officials and AHJs alike need to become familiar with the new code as it will become law by the end of this year. Under the 2015 IBC the vast majority of senior living projects should fall neatly into either R-2 or I-1 Condition 2. But there is much confusion and a need for global clarification.

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

May 16, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
WalkBoston, Creating an Age-Friendly Walking City Adi Nochur will join the Design for Aging Committee this month to talk about Age-Friendly Walking,...
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