The AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community and LeadingAge, as part of its Quality First Initiative, invite architects, designers and providers to submit projects for consideration in Design for Aging Review, Cycle 13.
The Design for Aging Review includes a juried exhibition, a book, and educational programs that showcase facilities representing conscientious surroundings that advance environments for senior living. A jury of architects and care providers for the aging will select the projects to be published and exhibited. This comprehensive review of architectural design trends for the aging will become a reference for providers, developers, users, advocates, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and other design professionals. This competition furnishes architects and their teams the opportunity to demonstrate innovative solutions that improve the quality of life within specific project constraints.
Projects selected for publication will be exhibited at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Exposition, as well as at the AIA National Convention.
All entries must meet the following requirements for each of the entry categories:
(Note: No entity, neither owner nor architect, may submit a project if either party is a sponsor of any aspect or jury member of the Design for Aging Review, 13th Edition.)
- Open to AIA Members and non-members based in the United States or Internationally.
- Projects submitted by jury members or by the organizations they represent, and projects that included jury members on their team, will be disqualified.
- All entries must receive permissions from owners and other team members and acknowledge that permission as part of the submission. Designers and providers should collaborate on completing the form, as there likely are some questions better answered by one group or the other.
- Projects may only be submitted once, under one category (i.e. Built and Small Projects, or Not Built and Small Projects). If a project can be classified under more than one category, applicants are encouraged to choose the one they think best applies to their project.
Submission material shall maintain anonymity; your firm information will not be visible to the jury members. Any firm identification on photos, drawings, diagrams or other information is cause for disqualification. However, information identifying the project location and submission title is acceptable and encouraged because it helps orient the jurors.
Each project shall be submitted online. The following must be submitted for the project to be eligible:
Built Projects: Built projects: the built form(s) and related site work that are being submitted for the award, whether it is an entire campus or a wing of a building. Built projects that are submitted may include the following suggested components:
- Data: All mandatory fields must be completed. The data that is submitted should identify the project, explain the major design challenges, describe the functional and aesthetic qualities, and provide relevant statistical information about the project.
- Images (where applicable): Images must be submitted in PDF (.pdf) format. All submitted materials (photographs and plans) must be clearly labeled with captions or descriptions. Note that selected projects will be required to resubmit all images in a format that is suitable for publication.
- Project data will be entered into required fields. Omission of relevant data with no explanation may lead to an entry's disqualification.
- All items to be uploaded, must be one PDF file smaller than 10 MB. Please note the following:
All representative areas of the building components shall be submitted, including a site plan for the entire project, with all components clearly labeled. Jury evaluation will include a holistic overview of the complete project and the relationship of past, current, or future (if known) phases. For example, a CCRC submittal that does not include the healthcare areas may be published but not considered eligible for an Award of Merit (see “Recognition”).
The function of the building and its major departments should be described in detail through site and floor plans, as applicable.
Projects should be illustrated with color images of the interior and exterior of the building as well as perspective drawings, site and floor plans, elevations, and any other design elements deemed appropriate. Submissions must fully illustrate the interior environment as well as the exterior; at least one interior photograph must be included in the submission. Captions are required for all images, with north arrow and scales on all drawings.
Not Built Projects: Projects submitted in this category may be in the planning phase only (only un-built projects may be eligible). Projects may be community or campus plans, master plans or re-positioning plans. Also, building projects that are currently in early stages of design, which demonstrate significant ideas or innovations, should be submitted in this category.
Not built projects should be illustrated with perspective drawings, site and floor plans, elevations, and any other design elements that are appropriate. If available, photographs of models (black/white or color) should be submitted. Captions are required for all images, with north arrow and scales on all drawings.
Small Project Built or Not Built ($3-million construction cost or less) Projects: This category in the Design for Aging Review includes supportive elements of the built environment, either as small stand-alone projects or as a part of larger projects, including interior and/or outdoor spaces. These special features may include, but are not limited to, aging-in-place; community-based projects; bathing areas; gardens; day lighting; acoustical, lighting, mechanical, and electrical systems; life/safety; dignity-enhancing; operating system designs; renovations or conversions of buildings for supportive housing; and innovative products that have been completed.
- Active Adult/Age Restricted
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Special Care Units (for persons with dementia)
- Skilled Nursing
- Other Medical Services Care Facility such as Hospice
- Senior Community Center/Adult Day Care Center
- Wellness Center/Fitness Center for seniors
- Other (e.g. Dining Facilities, Chapel, etc.) projects focused on seniors and aging
Projects that have been submitted and accepted for publication in previous Design for Aging Review cycles may not be resubmitted except under the following conditions:
- The project was submitted in design (i.e. not built), has been completed, and evidence of the completed project is furnished.
- The project was submitted as an earlier phase of a multiphase development, and additional phases are complete.
- Projects not previously selected for publication in the Design for Aging Review may also be resubmitted. Resubmitted projects must meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
A jury of architects and care providers for the aging will select the projects to be published and exhibited. Awards of Merit will be awarded to projects that represent advanced design concepts, research and solutions sensitive to the needs of an aging population. Special Recognition will be granted to projects that, while not Awards of Merit, display special features or innovations that warrant acknowledgement as exemplary, trend setting or innovative. Additionally, the jury may select projects for publication that offer distinction and notable competency.
Award of Merit and Special Recognition projects will be exhibited at the LeadingAge annual meetings and AIA national conventions. Award of Merit and Special Recognition recipients and other selected projects may also be included in presentations made by the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community at other venues.
The jury will categorize and recognize submissions as follows :
- Award of Merit: Submissions awarded with an Award of Merit will receive a certificate, publication in Design for Aging Review, be exhibited and featured at LeadingAge annual meetings and the AIA Convention, and in education sessions for either organization. Please note: Certain Award of Merit projects may be selected for a follow-up Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) by the jury team; therefore all projects in the Built category must be submitted with the Owner/Sponsor’s assurance that such an on-site POE can take place if the project is selected.
- Special Recognition Projects: Submissions will be exhibited at LeadingAge annual meetings and the AIA National Convention and will also be published in Design for Aging Review.
- Published Projects: Submissions selected for publication will be included in the Design for Aging Review and may also be included in presentations made by the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community at other venues.
Deadline and Entry Fees
Contact AIA Info Central at 1.800.242.3837 to verify the membership status of the submitter.
- The deadline for submission completion is Friday, May 29, 2015 before 5:00 PM Eastern. All deadlines are strictly observed.
- Below is the list of submission entries. All entry fees are non-refundable:
- First Entry or Built, Not Built: $750.00 for each entry
- Additional Project(s) or Small Project under $3 million: $500.00 for each entry
- Please review the Submission Preview carefully before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline but no refunds will be issued.