Date: Thursday, 23 March, 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: In Person at Silman Room and on Zoom


Opening Presentation: Introductions by Kami Altman and Brian Pape, co-chairs. Group discussion.

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?
    • Group discussed reaching out to other active DFA committees in the country. Yutaka will work on connecting NYC DFA committee with National DFA committee.
  • Can our NYC DFA panels be broadcast to a national audience. Mark Heckman of the National AIA DFA might work with us on this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Ted will follow up with Jeffrey Rosenfeld (Parsons) to pin down a date to discuss his seminar on aging.
    • Kami will follow up with Marisa Jahn and Rafi Segal to pin down a date to present Carehaus.
  • 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.
  • How are Young Firms preparing for the Clients of the Future?


TAFEL HALL Panels in Formation for 2023:

Panel Topic A: ADA at Thirty—Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– On hold. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

Panel Topic B: 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 C: 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 D: 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 E: 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: TBD
  • HPD: New Design Guidelines. DATE: TBD


Save the Date

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