Date: Thursday, April 27, 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: In Person at Silman Room and via Zoom


Opening Presentation: Introductions by Kami Altman and Brian Pape, co-chairs. Claire Dickey and colleagues from DFA National Advisory Group will join our meeting to discuss initiatives on the national level.

Ideas from Previous Meetings:

  • What can we do for the 2023 National AIA Convention? Can we create a panel that would attend the convention? If so, who would pay for the panel?
    • Early fall is the deadline for submitting proposals for 2024.
    • Can discuss with DFA National Advisory Group where active DFA committees in the country. What are some of the other committees’ initiatives? What are some initiatives the National DFA Advisory Committee leads? Discussed the Aging in Place Guide and ways to promote it.
  • Does the UN have papers or presentations that give examples of architecture (or planning) that respond to the needs of elderly in the face of climate change?
    • UN discussions might not be directly related to architecture. Group discussed Fitwel as a potential program to learn more about. Group also discussed looking into the Center for Aging better, based in the UK.
    • Kathy to reach to head of UN Habitat ‘s Housing Unit to enquire on topic in case they have some suggestions.
  • Are their college professors who have curricula related to Design for Aging? Or are there architecture school studios that have projects related to Aging?
    • Yutaka will plan to bring his Pratt students back to present their completed projects at the end of the school year. Group organized event that took place on 5/18 during which students presented their final proposals.
      o Ted will follow up with Jeffrey Rosenfeld (Parsons) to pin down a date to discuss his seminar on aging.
      o Marisa Jahn and Rafi Segal are busy with the ground breaking of Carehaus and will be in touch for a potential fall presentation.
  • How have firms used the Aging in Place Guide?
    • Group discussed sharing the guide with AARP New York to have them promote it on their website and newsletter.
    • Discuss with DFA National Advisory Group on how to promote guide nationally.
  • How are Young Firms preparing for the Clients of the Future?
    • Are young firms designing for this? How is accessible design being incorporated into their design. Common space becoming more accessible. Creative accessible design solutions that promote that promote intergenerational use. Group discussed reaching out to emerging professionals for potential event around topic of designing for aging.
    • Group discussed fashion design as another are where design for aging could be relevant (ie. Tommy Hillfiger).


TAFEL HALL Panels in Formation for 2023:

Panel Topic A: Aging Populations and Climate Change– ON HOLD. DFA and DFRR, and are planning a joint event (Donna Walcavage and Gretchen Bank). ESTHER GREENHOUSE would be a great moderator for this panel, and we made initial contact.

Panel Topic B: How are Smaller Architecture Firms addressing the needs of an aging NYC population? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Emerging Architects Committee.

Panel Topic C: Women led architecture firms and design for aging – Potential collaboration with WIA committee. Chia-Yi / Kami are in contact with WIA committee co-chairs to discuss potential panel topics. Discussion might include:

  • Issues related to balancing professional work and the care of older family members.
  • Do women-led architecture firms have different policies related to caregiving for older persons like more time off for employees that maybe caregivers?
  • Are there examples of women architects whose practice has been influenced by lived experiences caregiving for older family members as well as young children?

Panel Topic D: Public Toilets – Where to they work and where do they not, and why? – Potential collaboration with Social… committee to put panel together of advocates from difference cities (US and abroad?) of more public toilets to discuss how the concept works in their cities and why.


Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Parsons: Seminar on Aging – how students approach aging. DATE: TBD
  • Marisa Jahn and Rafi Segal: Carehaus. DATE: TBD
  • Julie Chou: Discussion around public toilets in NYC. DATE: 6/23 at SS+A committee meeting
  • HPD: New Design Guidelines. DATE: TBD
  • Claire Dickey: DFA National. DATE: 5/25


Save the Date

  • 2023 DFA Dates: May 25, June 22, July 27.