Senior Housing Architecture

What is Senior Housing Architecture?

Senior Housing Architecture is architecture that is focused on creating suitable living environments for the aging population.  Examples of senior housing architecture include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, memory care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities.  Senior housing offers centralized amenities and services to create positive, safe environments for the aging community.

How is it different from other specialties of architecture?

Designing for the aging population requires knowledge and experience in order to meet the needs and demands of the population it is serving.  Factors must be taken into consideration that within other fields of architecture might be overlooked.  Mobility, socialization, and medical needs are just a few of those factors.

Why is it important to be specialized in senior housing?

By the year 2035, more than 20% of the United States’ population will be over 65 years old. This creates a need for senior housing architecture that creates functional designs to meet the evolving needs of our aging population.  When building a senior living facility, it is important that the designer consider many components in order to create an environment ideal for its intended residents.  Aspects that must be carefully thought out include lighting, color schemes, and designing for autonomy.  Specializing in the field of senior housing architecture allows the designer to establish a tried-and-true approach to meeting the needs of senior housing residents.  Experience shapes design, so by specializing in the field of senior housing architecture, the architect hones a skill set that is precise and specific to the needs of a specific audience- the frailest of our communities.