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Implemented in 2009, IAHSA features an International Design for Ageing Programme. The programme has become a featured event and showcase during our international conferences. The Global Ageing Network is a unique forum for designers and aged care providers worldwide to share innovations in senior living design and programming.

Architecture and design firms are invited to submit a working or existing project that represents their contribution to the field of senior living. A multinational, multidisciplinary team analyzes submissions and findings are presented at IAHSA’s biennial conference.


2015 Design for Ageing Showcase

In partnership with Australian-based design firm, ThomsonAdsett, the Global Ageing Network (formerly IAHSA) hosted its 4th international exhibit of the state-of-the-art designs and trends in senior living design. The theme of the 2015 design showcase is “Aged Care of the Future”. Featured designs reflect both completed work and emerging projects representing a room, a wing or an entire campus. Submitted works were also required to demonstrate uniqueness and applicability in the field of ageing which would enable viewers to:

  • Learn about design innovations being implemented internationally
  • Learn about innovative sustainable design techniques being used internationally
  • Learn how architects, owners and developers are collaborating to create environments that are beneficial to frail elderly
  • Learn about innovative design approaches which creatively address a variety of building code requirements

The submissions were displayed at the 2015 ACSA/IAHSA Joint Conference in Perth for over 800 attending international delegates to view. Designs were also presented and discussed at the concurrent session, “Ageing in Future Community – Endless Possibilities” hosted by ThomsonAdsett.


2015 Design for Ageing Gallery

Parker at Monroe (Monroe Township, NJ USA)

Design Firm/Architect: Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.

Project Type: Skilled Nursing Residence, Small House Model (6 small houses with 16 residents/house)

Site Size: 27.7 acres

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The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens (Fresno, California USA)

Design Firm/Architect: Douglas Pancake Architects

Project Type: Multi-Level Care/Continuing Care Retirement Community includes Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Residences

Site Size: 22.24 Acres

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Swan Care Kingia (Bentley, Western Australia)

Design Firm/Architect: De Fiddes Design

Project Type: Memory Care Residence

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ViTA, Repatriation General Hospital (Daw Park, South Australia)

Design Firm/Architect: Walter Brooke

Project Type: Multi-Level Care; Special Care Residence (for thos with dementia); Skilled Nursing Care Residence (Collaboration with SA health and Flinders University)

Site Size: 9514sqm

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Sun City Yokohama Minami (Yokohama Japan)

Design Firm/Architect: Perkins Eastman

Project Type: Independent Living Residence

Site Size: 235,040 sf

Design Notes: The primary project goal was to build on the success of the original community by offering a complementary but unique living environment on a remaining corner of the site. The design team aimed to blend with but not copy the established architectural vocabulary, using a lighter material palette and lighter scale of detailing. The planning, scale and detailing was intended to create a boutique hotel ambiance. The new six-story residence, located at the entry of the existing 19-acre CCRC campus, creates a welcoming gateway and offers 173 additional independent living apartments.
A large, central courtyard serves as the focus for the layout of major interior public spaces, with dining areas (casual, formal, display, and private), tea lounge, and library with direct views of the garden. Other building amenities include spa and wellness facilities, a multipurpose room, arts and crafts room, 20-seat theater, billiards and game room, club room, juice bar, and retail space.
To facilitate sustainability, the team developed a design that respects adjacent green preservation areas. The building is also situated to best capture the views of neighboring park lands. Other sustainable elements include green roofs, high-efficiency lighting and climate controls, operable windows, dual water system (well and potable), durable exterior materials, and upgraded wall and roof insulation systems.