With California's 65+ population projected to grow almost 90% by 2030, the AIASF and Center for Architecture + Design2020 Design for Aging Symposium comes at an important time for our industry and aims to explore the most current topics as they apply to the built environment. We look to bring together the expertise of architects, senior living providers, and people from across various professions and communities to share their perspectives and knowledge about a topic that affects all generations. From teams who are redesigning SFO to make the airport more suitable to the needs of older adults to universal design recommendations, we hope that the takeaway will further discussions on design innovations for age-friendly cities and increasing the quality of life for our aging society.
10:00 AM WELCOME M. ARTHUR GENSLER, JR., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, FOUNDER, GENSLER
Art Gensler founded Gensler in 1965. An architect, he is widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing. He is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Art graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and is a member of its Advisory Council. A charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of IIDA’s Star Award, he has also received Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2015, he wrote Art’s Principles to offer today’s entrepreneurs the business insights he wishes someone had given him when he was starting out.
OPENING REMARKS RODNEY HARRELL, PH.D, VICE PRESIDENT, LIVABLE COMMUNITIES AND LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS, AARP
Rodney Harrell is Vice President of Livable Communities and Long Term Services and Supports at AARP, leading AARP Public Policy Institute’s work in these areas. His research on housing preferences, neighborhood choice and community livability are integral to the world-renowned AARP Livability Index that measures every US neighborhood. He is also a speaker, researcher and blogger on livable communities issues and leads AARP’s Future of Housing work. Dr. Harrell graduated summa cum laude from the honors program at Howard University; earned dual master’s degrees in public affairs and urban planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; and received a PhD in urban planning from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and was named to the initial class of Top Influencers in Aging for his work.
PRESENTATIONS (Times subject to change slightly)
10:45 - 11:30 AM | Transforming Communities Through Elements of Good Design Research has shown that incorporating elements of good design positively impacts the health and well-being of older adults. From airport redesign to increased support for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), architect and design teams are upping the ante on building spaces that address the changing needs of older adults. The burgeoning demand to create age-friendly cities are triggering innovative ways to transform communities that will support and celebrate a growing demographic of those enjoying extended longevity.
MODERATOR: KRIS REBILLOT, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, BUCK INSTITUTE
PRESENTERS: DIANA ANDERSON, M.D., M.ARCH., GERIATRIC MEDICINE FELLOW, UCSF LESLIE MOLDOW, FAIA, PRINCIPAL, PERKINS EASTMAN JOHN NEWMAN, MD. PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BUCK INSTITUTE AND DIVISION OF GERIATRICS, UCSF LEAH WITT, M.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UCSF GERIATRICS DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | The Power of Technology and Elderly Assistance The swell of cutting-edge technology focused on seniors is significantly impacting how these individuals can communicate effectively with their loved ones wherever they may be, but the advancements are also opening opportunities that offer seniors more independence and a higher quality of life.
DAVE ALPERT, FAIA, CEO + FOUNDER, GEOPOGO JAMES BENYA, PE, FIES, FIALD, PRINCIPAL, BENYA BURNETT CONSULTANCY DEBORAH BURNETT, ASID, IES, AASM, PRINCIPAL, BENYA BURNETT CONSULTANCY MICHAEL STEINER, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PROJECT MANAGER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CORGAN
12:30 - 1:30 PM | AFTERNOON LUNCH BREAK / ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF BUCK INSTITUTE NOTE: ALL REGISTRANTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF THE BUCK INSTITUTE BUT SIGN-UPS ARE REQUIRED AS INDICATED IN ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. TOUR IS APPROXIMATELY 1/2 AN HOUR.
1:45 - 2:30 PM | Design for Aging Applied: The Soul of Architecture Hear first-hand from the people who are living the stories where good design happens.
JENNIFER BLOCK, INTERFAITH MINISTER + BUDDHIST CHAPLAIN, SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER ZESHO SUSAN O'CONNELL, SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, ZEN INSPIRED SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY PROJECT, ENSO VILLAGE SUSANNE STADLER, MBA, M.ARCH, PRINCIPAL, STADLER & ARCHITECTURE; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AT HOME WITH GROWING OLDER (AHWGO)
2:45 - 3:00 PM | CLOSING REMARKS
3:00 - 4:00 PM | RECEPTION Join us for a light reception to continue talking about highlights of the day and enjoy the beautiful Buck Institute surroundings.
Dave Alpert, FAIA, CEO + Co-Founder, Geopogo
Dave is an award-winning architect now leading the development of Geopogo's AR Instantly software for design and construction. 3D made simple. Geopogo's vision is to apply the power of AR to build a better world by making construction more affordable and by increasing the budget available for high-quality design. In his career as an architect, Dave worked on project design teams for major commercial and institutional buildings in the Bay Area for the local offices of SOM, Gensler, and other firms. After earning an MBA mid-career, he worked on the owner's side coaching design and construction teams on $10 billion of projects around the country for Kaiser Permanente.
Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch, Geriatric Medicine Fellow | UCSF
Dr. Anderson is a healthcare architect and a board-certified internist. She completed her medical residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. As a “dochitect”, Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture. She has worked on hospital design projects globally and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books and the popular press. She is a frequent speaker about the impacts of healthcare design on patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, and related topics. A Co-Founder of the Clinicians for Design group, this international network of leaders seeks to inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems. Dr. Anderson was recognized for her contributions to the field by the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health U40 List of Healthcare Design’s Best under 40. As an immediate past Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, she explores space design and ethics. She is currently a geriatric medicine fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.
James Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD, Principal | Benya Burnett Consultancy James is an illuminating engineer and lighting designer recognized worldwide as a consummate professional whose CV includes all facets of the lighting industry. As the recipient of over 251 lighting design awards including five Edison Awards for Environmental Design, he is re
garded as North America’s premier designer for environmental responsible lighting design, daylighting design, and energy efficient street lighting sensitive to the biological needs of all living beings.
With 17 LEED platinum projects to his credit, he is actively involved with the development of codes and standards, contributing significantly to California Title 24, ASHRAE/IES 90.1 and 189.1, and the Model Lighting Ordinance. He is credited as the creator of the BUG exterior lighting metric and has developed lighting practices and guidelines for over 50 companies and organizations worldwide.
Deborah Burnett, ASID, IES, AASM, Principal | Benya Burnett Consultancy Deborah is an internationally recognized award-winning registered interior designer and lighting design professional, Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the field of Light + Health, and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Serving on IES and CIE Photobiology, Daylight thru Windows Health Impacts, and Aging / Vision Impaired professional member committees, she is a highly regarded academic lecturer and published author whose technical and interpretive articles appear in major trade magazines, technical journals, and popular media worldwide.
An accomplished keynote presenter and CEU provider, her insights as to how the body and brain are directly impacted by the built environment are well received by audience members worldwide - including as invited keynote presenter for medical conference attendees at the International Neurological Disorders Summit; a conference focusing on advanced treatments in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Leslie Moldow, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman Leslie has more than 30 years of experience, primarily focused on senior living and special needs housing communities. Her work involves the full continuum of care facilities, from active adult to senior centers, independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, skilled nursing environments, and Life Plan communities. She is past chair of the AIA’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community promoting research, education, and conferences to raise the bar of design in senior living communities. In addition to Leslie’s work with the AIA DFA, she is a member of LeadingAge California, Washington and National. Leslie is also an invited member of Eskaton’s Livable Design Advisory Committee, an advisor for Technology and Design in Senior Living Conference, Women Religious Institute Conference, and Academy of Neuroscience and Architecture: Senior Living Environments Conference.
John Newman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buck Institute | Division of Geriatrics UCSF Dr. Newman's career goal is to translate our expanding understanding of aging biology to improve the care and help maintain the independence of older adults. Dr. Newman's research at the Buck Institute studies the molecular details of how diet and fasting regulate the genes and pathways that in turn control aging, focusing on the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate and how its molecular signaling activities involving epigenetics and inflammation regulate aging and memory in mice. Dr. Newman is also a geriatrician who cares for hospitalized older adults at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, focusing on preserving mobility and preventing delirium. He completed an MD/PhD at the University of Washington, then residency and fellowship training at UCSF. He is an NIA Beeson Scholar.
Zesho Susan O'Connell, Spiritual Director, Zen Inspired Senior Living Community Project, Enso Village
Zesho Susan O’Connell is a Zen teacher with 30 years of meditation experience. She has lived at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, was ordained as a Zen priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson, was Shuso (head student) in 2004, and received Dharma Transmission in 2016. She has served in many key positions at SF Zen Center, including as Vice President and President from 2006-2016. She is currently Spiritual Director of the Zen-inspired Senior Living Community Project.
Kris Rebillot, Director of Communications, Buck Institute Kris started her career as a news reporter in radio and television. She came to the Buck in 2003 and developed its first media relations program; she’s been a witness to the Institute’s growth and success and to the dramatic increase in the public’s interest in healthy aging. She enjoys working with Buck scientists, helping translate their work for the general public. Kris lives in Petaluma where she chairs the city’s Senior Advisory Committee and is involved in efforts to make Petaluma an age-friendly community.
Susanne Stadler, MBA, M.Arch, Principal Stadler & Architecture | Executive Director, At Home With Growing Older (AHWGO) Susanne is an architect and social entrepreneur passionate about shifting the perspective on aging and an advocate for imaginative and human centered design solutions for the later phase of life. For the past 20 years an important emphasis of her design work has been to provide sustainable design solutions for the complex needs of aging that allow people to age with safety and delight, at home and in the world.
She is the principal of Stadler &, an architecture firm focused on age-supportive and inclusive design and the co-founder and Executive Director of the interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning platform and network, “At Home With Growing Older”.
She regularly speaks and presents to a variety of audiences on such topics as ‘Sixth Sense: The Potential Role of Lighting in the Aging Space’ at LIGHTSPACE, Los Angeles, ‘Resourceful Homes: The potential for everyday homes to accommodate aging in place’ at SPUR’s SF Senior Housing Forum or ‘A Home For All Ages’ at the Avenidas Housing Conference, Palo Alto.
Michael Steiner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Senior Associate, Corgan Michael approaches every project with his expertise in designing environmentally sustainable buildings from early site development through construction administration. In addition to other members of the project team who have experience in LEED design and construction, Michael is able to coordinate with the design team for client presentation and documentation for LEED certification. He, as many others at Corgan believe, that sustainable design is synonymous with good design. Mike also has worked on a variety of project types ranging from new-construction ground-up buildings to renovations within existing facilities. As a Registered Architect, he is involved with projects from early schematic design thru construction administration to project close-out documentation. He understands that the successful completion of a project is a team effort and maintains a solutions-based approach to coordination with design and construction teams.
Leah Witt, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Geriatrics Department of Medicine, UCSF
Dr. Witt is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, completed Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary Medicine Clinical and Research Fellowships at the University of Chicago, and Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. Dr. Witt’s clinical practices are in Geriatrics and Pulmonary Medicine. She directs a partnership with San Francisco International Airport to reimagine an aging-friendly airport, building a vision to improve the wellbeing and independence of travelers throughout all stages of life and health. She is a 2019 awardee of a prestigious Geriatrics Academic Career Award from HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) and a primary goal of her work is to develop age-friendly travel best practices to guide clinicians, travelers and hubs of travel (e.g. airports, public transit and destinations).