Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET 

Location: Video Conference



Member Check-in: How’s Everyone Doing???

Virtual Holiday Party: Thursday, 17 December, 2020 – “Something You Don’t Know About Me….”
Join us in finding out interesting tidbits about each of us! Everyone attending should tell us all something we don’t otherwise know about them.  For instance:  I’m an expert ballroom dancer; My favorite color is black; I’ve climbed the peak of Mt. Everest; My art is in the National Gallery; I love to grow 47 varieties of garlic; I am a triplet; I cook excellent spare ribs; etc., etc.

Events in Formation:


Panel / Workshop 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. To be scheduled in 2021 spring.


Panel Topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Housing – DATE: Thursday, 14 January 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel will investigate the accessibility of Senior Housing to racial minorities, with a focus on not-for-profit institutions, and how their mission statements foster equitable access to affordable Senior Housing. Panelists:

  • Anthony Shitemi, AIA, Principal: Urban Architectural Initiatives.
  • Latesha Millard-Bethea, Director of Resident Services, NYC Housing Initiative (SAGE).

We are looking for three or four panelists who may represent: Senior Housing providers; Architects who design not- for-profit Senior Housing; groups that fund Senior Housing; Community Organizations that work in this area; others? It is imperative that racial minorities be represented on this panel.


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. At our last meeting, we appeared to coalesce around the topic:

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.


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.


Possible Panel Topic: Women in Architecture of Design for Aging.


Save the Date

2020 — 21 DFA Dates: 17 December (3rd Thursday) – VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 2020; 28 January, 25, February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May 2021