Cornelia C. Hodgson, the architect leading the senior living studio of design for national architecture firm Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue (DHPY), has been appointed to the International Council on Active Aging’s (ICAA) Visioning Board. Hodgson is a committed advocate for the use of innovative design in improving environments for seniors, with particular thought for how good designs affect quality of life in senior living spaces. Wellness research is also part of DHPY’s commitment to translating current practices into forward-thinking and progressive designs. Collaborating with Friendship Village and Ziegler Capital Markets on “Defining the Wellness Paradigm," DHPY conducted the first-ever study that tracked the state of wellness in senior living communities. Hodgson stands by ICAA’s vision to change the way people age by dispelling myths about aging and to help older adults improve their quality of life and maintain dignity is greatly aligned with DHPY’s design philosophies.
“My design philosophy is focused on people – how design affects them and connects them to their community,” said Hodgson. “Designing for senior living is about creating a new definition of senior living that is based on quality of life and rooted in wellness principles – shifting the emphasis from illness to wellness and from disability to ability towards successful active aging.”