Mounting research shows that older adults and adolescents benefit from intergenerational educational activities. Older adults are the fastest growing age group in New York City, and children 18 and under account for 25% of the city’s population.

This panel was a collaboration between the AIANY Design for Aging Committee and our Architecture for Education Committee. We brought together professionals who presented their work in the field of intergenerational education, with an emphasis on the role of architectural design in fostering these activities. The diverse panelists have worked on projects including public libraries, intergenerational communities, university-level research, and programs helping adults learn technologies to live better in the digital age in an intergenerational setting.

Arthur Chang, AIA, Senior Project Architect, NADAAA
Matthew Kaplan, PhD, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Joyce Weil, PhD, Curriculum Manager, Older Adults Technology Center (OATS)

Miriam Sitz, Senior News & Web Editor, Architectural Record