Date: Thursday, January 26, 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: In Person at Silman Hall & Video Conference


Opening Announcement: Kamila Altman has been interviewed and approved by the NYCAIA to become our new DFA Co-Chairperson along with Brian Pape.

Presentation and Discussion: Yutaka Takiura’s Students from Pratt University presented ideas for their thesis projects on aging.

  • Sophie McCartney: thesis on ageing in place looking at how to re-imagine care in home creating a cohort community. First semester: research. Focusing on older adults with dementia and live in caretakers and have an inter-generational residents. Looking at different costs of memory care and home care. Program is 10 different houses in a community in Brooklyn using a single family home that would be converted into ageing in place; Second floor for patients with dementia. Use as a case study model. Adding a communal elevator. Thinking of live in caretakers living there with free rent. One family per house.
  • Mei Yanya in graduate school in thesis year: Located in a community church in lower Manhattan. Wanted to invite different generations into their church. Priest wanted to change it into a more fun place to entice younger people to join older ones. Young people on TikTok asking for their wedding dresses of grandparents and getting them more fitted for them. She was raised by her grandparents and was interested for inter-generational fun places. Concept is how games can help different generations get together. She spoke with Chinese background immigrants from this neighborhood. They had hobbies which is a treasure. Asked if there are roles for the seniors?


Ongoing Business:

Ideas from September and November Meeting:

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Are their college professors who have curricula related to Design for Aging? Or are there architecture school studios that have projects related to Aging?
  • Chia-Yi has contacted the Women in Architecture co-chairs about issues related to balancing professional work and the care of elderly family members. Do women-led architecture firms have different policies related to elderly care? Example: more time off for personal days?
  • Yutaka is proposing a Pratt course on Interior Design for the aging – interesting topic for us.


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: Donna Walcavage and Gretchen Bank, of the DFRR, and DFA are planning a joint event called “Aging Populations and Climate Change“. ESTHER GREENHOUSE would be a great moderator for this panel.

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 and/or the Women in Architecture Committee. How do Women in Architecture incorporate their lived experience caring for elderly parents (and younger kids) when designing for the elderly? (See notes above.)

Panel Topic D: How are Young Firms preparing for the Clients of the Future?

Panel Topic E: How have firms used the Aging in Place Guide? It is on the website and has been publicized. Could we introduce it to contractors? Also Community Board who were originally sent copies and to DFTA funded senior centers a while ago. Possibly building managers of NORCs.


Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

  • February 2023 – Stephanie Krone Firestone: Stephanie joined AARP International in January 2017 as a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health and Age-friendly Communities, who coordinates a webinar series “Equity by Design”.
  • Future Date — Prof. Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Parsons: Seminar on Aging – how students approach aging.


Save the Date

  • 2023 DFA Dates: 23 February; 23 March; 27 April; 25 May