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Design for Aging: Senior Centers and Universal Design (Virtual)

Design For Aging Dec1223

Image Credit: ICON Architecture

  • COST

    Free for BSA members, $10 for nonmembers

  • TYPE



    Design Enthusiasts


    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits available.


Difference in ability is an ordinary part of the human condition. Universal Design is a “first principle” requiring incorporation at the conception of a project. Creating places that meet the needs of varied human abilities cannot be an afterthought or achieved by simply following accessibility guidelines. This presentation will explore how Universal Design principles shape architectural design thinking. While the focus will be on designing for the senior population, the principles are applicable to all ages and abilities. The speakers will connect a range of design goals with UD principles illustrated by specific design solutions, highlighting in particular the Senior Center in Sturbridge, MA. While our growing senior population underscores the importance of holistic design thinking, it is equally important to note that virtually all of us will have some functional limitations during our lives.

ICON Architecture will present senior center designs in Massachusetts and share case studies in Universal Design for aging populations in a virtual event.


Ned Collier, AIA | Sr. Principal, Education Studio + Institutional Practice, ICON Architecture
Mark McKevitz
| Project Manager, ICON Architecture

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine effective senior center design through case study

  2. Explain universal design in institutional architecture

  3. Breakdown how universal design evolves with aging population

  4. Define access and equity in design for aging