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

Location: Video Conference



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:


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