2020 AIASF Design for Aging Symposium

REGISTER DAY 1 (2.0 LUs): Thursday, August 13 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM (PST)
REGISTER DAY 2 (2.0 LUs): Friday, August 14 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM (PST)
Single Day Registration:
AIA Member: $25 | General Admission: $35 | Student: $10
Two-Day Registration: AIA Member: $40 | General Admission: $60 | Student: $15

Day 1: Thursday, August 13 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST) (2.0 LUs)
Designing for Health: COVID-19 + the Future of Senior Living Architecture

Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., Vice-President, Family, Home + Community, AARP


Kris Rebillot, Director of Communications, Buck Institute

Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch, Dochitect/Principal, Jacobs
Deborah Burnett, ASID, IES, AASM, Principal, Benya Burnett Consultancy
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

Day 1: Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the limitations of our standard approach to housing over the years — one size does not fit all as it relates to Housing construction and demographic change
  2. Explore issues of problems of Housing choice, limited information and affordability.
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes, the new questions about options as people age and embrace technologies that may transform housing choices.
  4. Look at the future and the way forward as mindsets of individuals change as well as policy limitations to housing choices and changing design to meet needs.
  5. Address how Architects and Designers have the power to shape opinions and choices.

Day 2: Friday, August 14 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST) (2.0 LUs)
Designing for the Future: Integrating Technology + Creating Sustainable
Senior Communities

Richard Duncan, MRP, Executive Director, RL Mace Universal Design Institute


John Frando, AIA, LEED AP, CASp, Principal, HKIT Architects

Dave Alpert, FAIA, CEO + Founder, Geopogo
Deborah Burnett, ASID, IES, AASM, Principal, Benya Burnett Consultancy
Emi Kiyota, Ph.D., Founder + Director, Ibasho
William Strang, President, Operations/Ecommerce, TOTO USA

Day 2: Learning Objectives

  1. Explore various architecture and design scenarios that need to support our most vulnerable communities and minimize future disruptions.
  2. Learn how to value elders as assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations such as social isolation, a loss of dignity and respect, and a sense of uselessness.
  3. How teams can work to create socially integrated and resilient cities where elders are engaged and able to actively participate in their communities.
  4. Provide lessons for empowering elders in the U.S. as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for future events.
  5. How to get higher function for older adults in community living situations (in their ancestral home and dwellings that have major design problems which make it hard to age safely, age independently, and age successfully.

2020 AIASF Design for Aging Committee
John Frando, AIA, LEED AP, CASp, Principal, HKIT Architects (Co-Chair)
Christophe Laverne, Principal, HKIT Architects (Co-Chair)

Zinc Sponsor

Community Partners

AARP California

AIA San Mateo County

ASLA Northern California Chapter

Buck Institute for Research on Aging


Marin Builders Association

San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SFNOMA)

The RL Mace, Universal Design Institute

Image: Darci Kane/Buck Institute


August 13, 2020 - August 14, 2020


9:00 am - 11:00 am


AIASF Event,
Center for Architecture + Design




  • Dave Alpert
    Dave Alpert
    FAIA, CEO/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.

  • Deborah Burnett
    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.

  • Diana Anderson
    Diana Anderson
    MD, M.Arch, Dochitect/Principal, Jacobs

    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.

  • Emi Kiyota

    Emi Kiyota, Ph.D. an Environmental Gerontologist and organizational culture change specialist, currently serves as a consultant to implement person-centered care practice in long term care facilities. Having published journal articles and book chapters in Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, Emi has done pre-design programming for senior housing and addiction treatment centers in the United States and abroad.

    In addition to making a vast array of contributions to national and international initiatives focused on quality improvement in the built environment for long-term care and aging services, Emi holds great concern for the needs of elders in the developing world. Over the past several years, Emi has dedicated her energies to developing ageing valued community projects in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Ivory Coast. To this end, Emi has formed Ibasho, embodying the Japanese concept of “a place where one feels at home being one’s self” with a group of like-minded colleagues. Ibasho aims to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities that value their elders. With this vision, She has involved in development for housing and services for elders in Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Ivory Coast. She also facilitated to build the first innovative “Ibasho cafe” in disaster area in Japan after the Great East Earthquake/Tsunami, and is implementing this initiative in Philippines. Emi was awarded as a Bellagio Fellowship for a one month residency on an ‘Innovative Response to Global Aging’ from the Rockefeller Foundation. She worked on developing her idea on creating a process for community planning that embraces and engages elders for the benefit of all.

    A frequent speaker and lecturer at local, national, and international venues to audiences of both academics and practitioners alike, Emi received her Ph.D. in Architecture (Environment and Behavior Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as her Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Horticulture Therapy from Kansas State University.

  • John Frando
    John Frando
    AIA, LEED AP, CASp Principal, HKIT Architects

    Mr. Frando is deeply involved with the planning and design of senior living communities. He has managed the development of significant market-rate Continuing Care Retirement Communities and assisted existing senior communities with repositioning their facilities to better serve the needs of their residents. As a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), John is certified by the State of California recognizing his knowledge of state and federal construction-related accessibility standards which help his clients navigate disability access requirements.

  • John Newman
    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.

  • Kris Rebillot
    Kris Rebillot
    Director of Communications, Buck Institute (Moderator - Day 1)

    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.

  • Leah Witt
    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).

  • Leslie Moldow
    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.

  • Richard Duncan
    Richard Duncan
    MRP, Executive Director, RL Mace Universal Design Institute (Keynote - Day 2)

    Richard Duncan is the Executive Director of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute. Mr. Duncan has spent over 35 years in the field of architectural and product accessibility and universal design in residential, public, and transportation environments. He has extensive experience in the design, costs, materials, and products in residential and non-residential settings. His work includes the issues
    of affordable housing and home and repair financing and transportation accessibility as well as community design for constituencies that include people with disabilities and older households. He has conducted and managed numerous accessibility assessment and compliance projects over four decades in public, commercial, and outdoor environments. Richard’s work on Fair Housing and the
    ADA extend back to the early 1990’s. Accessibility and Universal design work has taken him around the country and worldwide. He created the nation’s only conferences that address universal homes and communities, Universal Design Summit and Universal Design Today.

    He is editor of A Blueprint for Action, and was project director of Access Boston: Design Guidebook for Barrier Free Access, the nation’s first urban design guideline for accessibility. Mr. Duncan contributed to NAHB’s Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) course and helped conduct the very first CAPS training. Richard is one of two primary authors of NAHB’s Universal Design Build (UDB) course. He was the first approved UDB instructor in the country. He is the 2003 recipient of the Icons of the Industry Award from the Senior Housing Council (now, 50+ Housing Council) of the National Association of Home Builders. Richard heads the RL Mace Universal Design Institute and is Executive Director of the Better Living Design Institute. Before that he spent 24 years working in two of the nation’s preeminent organizations in the field, the Adaptive Environments Center (now, the Institute for Human Centered Design) in Boston and The Center for Universal Design in North Carolina.

  • Rodney Harrell
    Rodney Harrell
    Ph.D., Vice-President, Family, Home + Community, AARP (Keynote - Day 1)

    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.

  • William Strang
    William Strang
    President, Operations/E-Commerce, TOTO USA

    Bill is President of Corporate Strategy/eCommerce/Customer Care for TOTO USA. As such, he is responsible, within North America, for new ventures, new business verticals, IoT, ecommerce, retail, technical services and customer care.

    Under Bill’s leadership, TOTO has received awards for 5S Lean Manufacturing Implementation, the US EPA’s Green Energy Leadership Award, the US EPA’s Water Efficiency Leadership Award, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Water Conservation Leadership Award, the Argon Award, the City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sustainability Award, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce E3 Award for environmental leadership, and the Atlanta Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO award.

    With Bill at the helm, TOTO USA has also developed secondary uses and recycling channels for the traditional waste streams which are upcycled as raw material for other manufacturers, such as rejected china use to manufacture of new floor tile. TOTO also powers all operations in its Morrow, GA, factory using 100% solar energy. For its leadership in green energy use, TOTO USA was recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its Excellence in Green Power Use Award.

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