Date: Thursday, November 17, 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: Video Conference


Opening Discussion:

Holiday Party – In Person at the Center. Wednesday, 14 December, 5:30– 8:00 PM

  • Committee Members are bringing:
    Christine: Cheese and Grapes
    Kathy: Chocolates
    Jerry: Nuts
    Brian: Cheeses
    Ted: Red and White Wine
    Salmata: Crudités and Veggies, Selzer and Sodas

Ongoing Business:

Ted Porter is stepping down as co-chair of the DFA Committee in January after three years in the position. The NYC AIA will print an open call for new co-chair candidates in the December Newsletter. Candidates should answer this call.

Ideas from September 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?
  • Pratt had a summer course on accessibility; did any students work on an aging project? Yutaka will ask.
  • Yutaka is proposing a Pratt course on Interior Design for the aging – interesting topic for our committee.
  • Kathy Kline suggests contacting Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Heath & Age-Friendly Communities, AARP, to discuss Equity Design.
  • Christine will contact NJIT and Ted will contact Michael Duddy at City Tech for possible panel programs.


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?


Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

  • January, 2023 — Prof. Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Parsons: Seminar on Aging – how students approach aging.
  • February 2023 – Stephanie Krone Firestone: Stephanie joined AARP International in January 2017 as a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health and Age-friendly Communities.


Save the Date

  • 2022/2023 DFA Dates: Dates: 14 December; 26 January 2023; 23 February 2023; 23 March 2023


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