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  • February 6, 2021

    Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

    Member Check-in: How’s Everyone Doing???

    Opening Presentation: Michael Chen, AIA, Michael K. Chen Architects, spoke on “Open Streets and Design Corps”. This short presentation covered the work of the Design Corps, a part of the NYCxDESIGN’s effort to provide pro-bono design services to small businesses looking for ways to reopen and prosper, especially restaurants. The effort has a longer term goal of improving the quality of the new Open Streets policy of the city. Any architect or firm can volunteer through the website.

     

    Events in Formation for 2021:

    “TAFEL HALL” Panels (ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) — DATES TO BE DETERMINED.

    Panel Topic: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. We will make this a one half day workshop (3-4 hours) Speed presentation style of presentations, and Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee. Working on the SLACK platform, we continue to ask for your accessibility projects for historic structures; send them to Brian.

     

    Panel Topic: Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure and PUD Committees.

    A previous DFA Cane and Able program centered on transit-specific issues; a new event could complement that by considering needs of age vis-a-vis infrastructure.

    Street Design: How do cities rethink street design for the needs of seniors?

    Maybe an event title that concisely sums this up could be something like: Infrastructure & Independence: New strategies to support aging in the urban environment. To contact the Interior Committee for possible collaboration on similar topics. Working on the SLACK platform, we are planning a Safer Streets Event and continue to ask for suggestions for speakers, especially for senior age-friendly experience; send them to Brian.


    Panel Topic: New Models for Senior Healthcare Outpatient “Wellness Center”, Geriatric Emergency Rooms, etc. – Co-Hosting of this Event with the AIA DESIGN FOR HEALTH COMMITTEE confirmed.

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates: 25 February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May, 25 June 2021

     

  • February 2, 2021
    HELP Crotona Senior Housing by SAGE and HELP USA; Rendering by Nightnurse; Images
    HELP Crotona Senior Housing by SAGE and HELP USA; Rendering by Nightnurse; Images Courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning

    On January 14, the AIANY Design for Aging committee was pleased to host Latisha Millard-Bethea, Director of Human Services, NYC Housing Initiative for SAGE and Jorge Chang, AIA, Partner, Urban Architectural Initiatives (UAI) on an important and timely discussion focused on racial diversity, equity and inclusion in senior housing, moderated by Roberta Washington, FAIA, Founding Principal, Roberta Washington Architects.

    As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel offered insights into what role race has in senior housing in NYC (and beyond).  Topics included: Is not-for-profit or qualified-income senior housing more (or less) racially integrated than other housing in a given neighborhood/area? Are there any architectural design factors in senior housing where unconscious racial bias might come into play? What have architects for senior housing learned from the prospective tenants about their unique needs? Is there a “sweet spot” for number of residents that creates a rich, diverse community in senior housing?

    During the panel, UAI’s senior housing programs and projects were presented. Stonewall House, SAGE’s first LBGT inclusive project located in Fort Greene, was also introduced and discussed. In case you missed it, stay tuned for a video of the event with extensive notes posted to this site in a few weeks.

  • January 4, 2021

    Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference
    Holiday Gathering Theme: “This Is Something You Don’t Know About Me….” 

    Breaking News!
    Design for Aging will host a virtual panel on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM, titled Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Housing. As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel will offer insights into what role race has in senior housing in NYC (and beyond).  Is not-for-profit or qualified-income senior housing more (or less) racially integrated than other housing in a given neighborhood/area? Are there any architectural design factors in senior housing where unconscious racial bias might come into play? What have architects for senior housing learned from the prospective tenants about their unique needs? Is there a “sweet spot” for number of residents that creates a rich, diverse community in senior housing?

    There will be two panelists and a moderator.  

    • Panelist Latisha Millard-Bethea, Director of Human Services, NYC Housing Initiative for SAGE. Ms. Millard-Bethea will speak on SAGE’s success in building housing for a racially diverse population of seniors that includes the LGBTQ community that is her organization’s focus.   
    • Panelist Jorge Chang, AIA, Partner at Urban Architectural Initiatives, (UAI). Mr. Chang and his firm have worked closely with non-profit organizations that work to provide housing and supportive resources to seniors in need. He will share his experience around designing housing and community facilities for seniors, and the various forces UAI sees shaping those spaces.
    • Moderator Roberta Washington, FAIA, is the founding principal of Roberta Washington Architects, one of the only architecture firms in the United States led by an African-American woman. Among her many projects, Ms. Washington has designed supportive housing in New York City. On a personal note relative to this panel, Ms. Washington’s mother lives in an assisted living facility in North Carolina.

    Save the Date
    2021 DFA Dates: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27

  • December 2, 2020

    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda 

    Member Check-in: How’s Everyone Doing???

    Virtual Holiday Party: Thursday, 17 December, 2020 – “Something You Don’t Know About Me….”
    Join us in finding out interesting tidbits about each of us! Everyone attending should tell us all something we don’t otherwise know about them.  For instance:  I’m an expert ballroom dancer; My favorite color is black; I’ve climbed the peak of Mt. Everest; My art is in the National Gallery; I love to grow 47 varieties of garlic; I am a triplet; I cook excellent spare ribs; etc., etc.


    Events in Formation:

    “TAFEL HALL” Panels (ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) — DATES TO BE DETERMINED.

    Panel / Workshop Topic: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. We will make this a one half day workshop (3-4 hours) Speed presentation style of presentations, and Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee. To be scheduled in 2021 spring.

     

    Panel Topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Housing – DATE: Thursday, 14 January 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel will investigate the accessibility of Senior Housing to racial minorities, with a focus on not-for-profit institutions, and how their mission statements foster equitable access to affordable Senior Housing. Panelists:

    • Anthony Shitemi, AIA, Principal: Urban Architectural Initiatives.
    • Latesha Millard-Bethea, Director of Resident Services, NYC Housing Initiative (SAGE).

    We are looking for three or four panelists who may represent: Senior Housing providers; Architects who design not- for-profit Senior Housing; groups that fund Senior Housing; Community Organizations that work in this area; others? It is imperative that racial minorities be represented on this panel.

     

    Panel Topic: Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure and PUD Committees.

    A previous DFA Cane and Able program centered on transit-specific issues; a new event could complement that by considering needs of age vis-a-vis infrastructure. At our last meeting, we appeared to coalesce around the topic:

    Street Design: How do cities rethink street design for the needs of seniors?

    Maybe an event title that concisely sums this up could be something like: Infrastructure & Independence: New strategies to support aging in the urban environment. To contact the Interior Committee for possible collaboration on similar topics.

     

    Panel Topic: New Models for Senior Healthcare Outpatient “Wellness Center”, Geriatric Emergency Rooms, etc. – Co-Hosting of this Event with the AIA DESIGN FOR HEALTH COMMITTEE confirmed.

     

    Possible Panel Topic: Women in Architecture of Design for Aging.

     

    Save the Date

    2020 — 21 DFA Dates: 17 December (3rd Thursday) – VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 2020; 28 January, 25, February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May 2021

     

     

  • November 17, 2020

    On November 11, the AIANY Design for Aging and AIANY Woman in Architecture committees were pleased to host Akiko Kyei-Aboagye, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Urban Architectural Initiatives, Rachel Simpson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, The Supportive Housing Network of New York, Takisia L. Whites, Director of New Initiatives and Underwriting, Robert Sanborn Development; Principal and Founder, Urban Impact Capital Partners, and Emily Lehman, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development on an important and timely discussion focused on design excellence in affordable and supportive housing in New York City, moderated by Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning.

    It was an inspiring presentation and discussion of how shared values lead the way to realizing healthy and affordable housing that will have a lasting impact. Leaders representing the architect, client, and public agencies demonstrated how close collaboration is essential in providing access to housing—a fundamental right—to our most vulnerable communities. As the industry works to respond to a health and economic crisis, we explored strategies to provide safe, equitable, and sustainable housing. In case you missed it, stay tuned for a video of the event with extensive notes posted to this site in 2-3 weeks.

     

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