Date: Thursday, April 28, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Video Conference


Opening Presentation: Gail Ressler reviewed AIA DFA’s work to address the needs of Older residents in NYCHA housing, using Amsterdam Housing as a prototype.

Events in Formation for 2022:


Panel Topic: ADA at Thirty: Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures – Date TBD. Case studies of creative projects that extend the life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. The committees have decided to make it a one-night panel rather than a daytime workshop. Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website is planned. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

Panel Topic: Asian Models for Senior Care – Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
This panel is now scheduled as an in-person or hybrid event at Tafel Hall with some panelists via Zoom.
Panelist 1) Taili Lee. Taipei.
Panelist 2) Dr. Estaban Beita. Tokyo. Professor NYIT. Dr. Beita participated in our 2018 “Cane and Able” panel.
Panelist 3) Melissa Navarra. Manila.
Moderator: Ruth Finkelstein – Executive Director, Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College; former head of Age-Friendly NYC Initiative.

Panel Topic: Aging Populations and Climate Change – Fall 2022. Donna Walcavage, of the DFRR, and the Committee on Design for Aging are planning a joint event.
Our audience will be design professionals but we may have others from the general public interested in the topic. The DFRR committee or our moderator can introduce the speakers with some statistics and other information highlighting the scale of the issue to engage the audience. Then 3 or 4 speakers covering these aspects:
1) Evaluating places to live
2) Preparation for shocks and stressors
3) Evacuation or shelter in place
We will focus on social equity, accessibility and mobility as we cover these topics. In the limited time for the panel, we can’t cover all the possible shocks and stressors, so if we find a good speaker in one aspect that is focused on extreme heat and another that is talking about sea level rise, it is ok to acknowledge the range of the discussion.

Presentations@ Monthly Meetings

  • May 26 meeting: Bruce Eisenberg will speak on Accessibility Upgrades by NYCHA.

Save the Date

  • 2022 DFA Dates: 26 May, 23 June, 28 July, AUGUST RECESS.