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DFA: Design for Aging Review Awards

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, #600, San Francisco

Leslie Moldow, FAIA of Perkins Eastman will review the latest AIA Design For Aging Review Award recipients to the Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting.

Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street #600, San Francisco


In conjunction with the December DFA agenda please attend our March meeting for a ‘deep dive’ into the details of Biophilia and Biophilic Design. Even if you didn’t attend December’s meeting there is still a lot to learn.

The discussion will be led by McCall Wood of Perkins Eastman who will share her vast knowledge of the subject.

CEI PACE Center, A Design for Aging Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Free and open to all. Space is limited.
Location: CEI PACE Center, 1850 Fairway Drive, San Leandro
Click here to register.


The NorCal Design for Aging Committee tours the Center for Elders’ Independence, the premier provider of The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The San Leandro center was designed by Kava Massih Architects.

Center for Elders’ Independence
has been serving seniors since 1992. They are a premier provider of PACE, which is the nation’s only integrated acute and long-term care program for low income frail seniors. Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services, which promote autonomy and quality of life for seniors, while keeping them in the community and living at home. CEI provides transportation from participants homes to the Center.

CEI selected a 15,660 square feet existing commercial office building in San Leandro for this unique senior adult day activity center and clinic. We worked with a steering committee on the architectural programming to insure the design respected participant’s dignity while providing enough stimulus and activities.

The orientation of the building takes advantage of natural daylight and large windows provide views of the outdoors. The dining, lounge and activity spaces are oriented to views of the courtyard. Nature elements are incorporated are the interior design for improved health and well-being of both participants and staff.

The design is inviting and comfortable, encouraging participant’s engagement socially and through activities. The center provides a large lounge and multiple activity rooms plus a large dining and a serving kitchen. Also included are spaces for rehabilitation services and support.The clinic is set up for four providers with six exam rooms and is accessible from the outside through an internal passageway. The clinic was designed to OSHPD 3 requirements.

Design for Aging Tour: Belmont Village

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
This tour is sold-out. Please email to be added to the waitlist.

The Northern California Design for Aging Committee tours Albany’s Belmont Village. Designed by HKIT, Belmont Village is the culmination of a collaboration begun in 2011 with UC Berkeley and the City of Albany to provide a unique housing experience for older adults in the Bay Area.

The Concept of Co-Housing for Aging-In-Place

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Free and open to all.
Location: Swan’s Market Co-Housing Community Room (2nd Floor), 930 Clay St., Oakland


North America’s 50th Co-housing Community is preserved in the 1917 Swan’s Market building in the historic Old Oakland neighborhood of Downtown Oakland. Swan’s Market is a mixed-use building comprised of restaurants, retail, offices, services, housing, and co-housing. Come see and hear about the concept of co-housing and its applicability as a model for aging-in-place.

We will be graciously hosted by residents Michael Coleman, AIA and Sandra Coleman, Hon. AIAEB, and guest speaker, Raines Cohen who is the Northern California Regional Organizer with Co-housing California.


Our March meeting will be a special meeting location and field tour. Enter Swan’s Market Co-Housing at: 930 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607 or 538 9th St. Oakland

Enter through courtyard at either address on Clay Street or 9th Street and proceed to co-housing community room, 2nd level. See red star on map for entry point. We hope to have people to direct you once in the courtyard. The location is easily accessible from the 12th St. downtown Oakland BART station.




Design and Environments for Memory Care/Dementia

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Free and open to all.
Brown-Bag (BYO) Lunch


The Design for Aging Regional Committee will convene on Tuesday, November 1 to discuss design and environments for memory care/dementia. We’ll explore the progression of design of housing and environments for caring for those with cognitive impairments. Much has happened in the past twenty years and we’ll discuss current trends and forecast into the future.

Presented by Design for Aging Committee Chair Tom Brutting.

Please note that the December meeting is cancelled.  We will begin the new year in January 2017.


Design For Death and Dying


a Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street,  Suite 600 San Francisco
Bring your own lunch.

Death is an inevitable stage of aging, yet most fear it. It’s a taboo subject and nevertheless a reality of life. In some regard there is little thought given to how one will possibly spend the last days, even the last moments and in other ways a lot of effort goes toward avoiding the reality of it.

Design does and can play a role. Should we plan for it, and if so, how? Historically there were rooms specifically designated in houses for dying, primarily sequestered for disease control. What if we had a choice?

Dying and death with respect and dignity is part of the discussion along with the ways design may influence it. Join the Design for Aging Committee in participation of a rather thought-provoking topic.

What’s Next on the Senior Living Horizon?

a Design for Aging, NorCal Forum

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, SF
Free and open to all.

From Tom Brutting, FAIA:

“Our topic for the December meeting will be What’s Next On The Senior Living Horizon!

Living environments for those who are seniors have evolved greatly in a short period of time.

We will review and discuss this evolution over the past decades and brainstorm what may lie ahead, and the factors related to change.

As an example Assisted Living and Memory Care hardly existed as a form of care product just 30 years ago.  How and why have these care models evolved and where might they be headed in the future?

Also, what we call or name living environments is ever morphing and changing.  The names and terms are often revised.  Updated?

Why can’t we land on something that’s definitive, or does the branding need to evolve too?

What role does demographics and psychology have to do with it?

Finally, what do we each individually view as the future?

Come join us for the discussion!”

Project Profile: Monteverde Senior Apartments

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning 


Location: 2 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA

  • 2015 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, Active Adult/Independent Living
  • 2012 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, On-the-Boards


MMonteverde Apartmentsonteverde  Senior Apartments  is  nestled  on  a  hillside  in  an  idyllic  setting  in  Orinda, California. Situated  on a quintessential infill site conveniently located in the downtown area, this ideal location for a transit-oriented development links seniors to BART and downtown services, the adjacent community church, park, and library. Design of this new 67-unit affordable apartment community connects the City’s carefully executed past to its future design direction, downtown  revitalization, and  provides  much-needed  affordable, age-qualified  housing. Its  contemporary design melds with the existing structures, while working well with the multi-tiered site.

With more than a 17% slope and a 40-foot grade change, the challenging site provided an opportunity for a number of meandering paths connecting residents, students of the neighboring school, and existing residents of the senior community above to the park, downtown, and pedestrian links to other walkable amenities.

Taking advantage of slope, two courtyards were developed to allow for a number of outdoor experiences including community planters, allowing residents to till their own veggie garden or flower patch. Even with steep slope, building and site are completely accessible with each level being connected to an accessible path to neighboring park and into down- town Orinda. Elevators connect the wood-framed podium to the community room, library, lounges, exercise room, salon, units, laundry facilities and a fourth floor computer lab, affording expansive views to the Orinda Valley.Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_08_Image_0002

Designed to achieve a GreenPoint Rated score of 135 points, the development incorporates a number of sustainable features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems.

With its supportive resident services and highly-sustainable design, this innovative development will support long-term independent living for lower income seniors in a healthy, safe environment.


Architect:              Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Developer:             Eden Housing

Contractor:            Oliver & Company

Interior Designer:    HKIT Architects

Photography:         Douglas Sterling Photography

Ball State University Research on Understanding & Designing for Older Adults

A Design for Aging Regional Committee Program

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
Free and Open to All


In the quest for information regarding good practices in design for seniors, Ball State University has provided some great resources. Join the Design for Aging Committee for a review of these specifics, including sections on understanding different abilities, making the kitchen friendly, completing a home assessment, and photographs of user friendly homes and those with typical problems and potential solutions.