How to Get Architecture Students Excited About Designing Senior Housing

It’s no secret that senior housing hasn’t always captured the interest of budding designers, but that could change if the industry embraced forward-thinking designs more often. Currently, senior living isn’t viewed as the most trendy product type for architects, young or old, according to Dan Cinelli, principal at Perkins Eastman. “If you pick up an architectural magazine and […]

Senior Living Developments Go Bad Without Team Approach

Senior housing development is an inherently risky business. To minimize this risk—and avoid going over budget—it’s crucial for developers to have a variety of stakeholders at the table from the beginning. The senior housing industry already employs a much more collaborative approach to development than the public sector, Dana Wollschlager, principal at Plante Moran Living […]

Independent Living Innovation a Must as Competition Heats Up

As investors look toward independent living communities with growing interest, it’s important that senior living developers and providers position these projects to stand out from the competition. Whether by taking a page from the hotel industry playbook or appealing to younger residents, independent living communities should be taking action to win market share—or they could find themselves hurting […]

Best Student Design 2017: High-Tech, Intergenerational Living

In the not-too-distant future, caregivers and doctors could use embedded sensors to remotely monitor senior living residents as they sleep or move about their apartments. And it’s not science fiction. Those forward-thinking ideas were incorporated into the design that won the Student Exhibition category in the 2017 Senior Housing News Design Awards. This year’s winning entry […]

Senior Living Design Trends to Leave Behind in 2018

In senior living, it’s inevitable that some architecture and design features go from hot to not. Resident preferences change, care practices evolve, technology advances, and the way senior housing buildings look and feel has to keep up. So, heading into 2018, providers might want to reconsider if they think that having a bistro will set […]

Best Affordable Housing Design 2017: Loft Living in the Rust Belt

In 1919, the A.S. Kreider Shoe Company moved into a newly built, 64,000-square-foot factory. Throughout the years, the large brick building in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, has served as the home of Lebanon Dress Company, Hermann Handkerchief, and, now, Kreider Commons, the 2017 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Award winner in the “Best Affordable Housing” category. Recently, […]

Hot Senior Living Architecture and Design Trends for 2018

As the sun sets on 2017, senior housing architecture and design is evolving to help providers meet today’s challenges while pushing the industry toward a bolder, more innovative future. Several leading architecture and design firms are putting a premium on better spaces for staff, both as a way to attract and retain talent, and to […]