Innovative Design for Healthy Aging

The grey tsunami of baby boomers is quickly approaching and architects need to develop new strategies to meet their emerging needs. This session addresses a spectrum of design possibilities related to aging-in-community. An overview of emerging trends and best practices from around the world will be followed by case study examples of multi-generational private residential projects and a new model for community-based long term care. It concludes with an open forum discussion on current challenges and future opportunities for Canada’s architectural profession. The session is offered by the RAIC Age Friendly Housing Options Task Force. 

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Rudy Friesen, MAA, PP/FRAIC Hon. FAIA


Rudy Friesen has been spearheading innovative solutions for elder housing for decades. He is the founder and Partner Emeritus of ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design in Winnipeg. Rudy serves on several Boards of elder facilities. He offers research, design, advocacy, and consulting services through and scans the world for best practices in long-term care.

Betsy Williamson, OAA, FRAIC

Principal, Williamson Williamson Inc.

Betsy Williamson is a principal of Williamson Williamson, an office committed to using built and unbuilt work as vehicles to explore urban density, materials research, fabrication methods and diverse issues of sustainability. Her office's work has been awarded the 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the RAIC and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.

John L. Brown, AAA, FRAIC

Principal, Housebrand

John Brown is a registered architect in Alberta and a fellow of the RAIC. He is the founding Principal of Housebrand, an integrated practice that incorporates architecture, construction, real estate brokerage, and interior design into a vertically integrated service. He is also a co- founder of the Slow Home Movement an international advocacy platform devoted to increasing design quality in North America’s housing market. In 2003, John received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation for his development of Housebrand. In 2009, he received a Leadership Award from Residential Architect Magazine in recognition of his work to increase public awareness about the value of design.

In addition to his private practice, John is a professor of architecture in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and is currently serving as Associate Dean (Research + International). His research engages critical architectural practice, the role of the architect in the normative housing industry, and new forms of housing for seniors. In 2015, John’s age in place research was recognized with a City of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Award in Housing Innovation for the development of the Age-in-Place Laneway Housing Research Project. In 2016 he completed a PhD in age-in-place housing through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. This research proposes new forms of age-in-place housing that combine mass customization and design democratization with digital monitoring/ sensing and next generation home-based medical support to create a new approach to housing for seniors.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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