Registration is now open through August 31, 2022

Whether you joined us in person at the 2022 EFA Conference + Expo or couldn’t make it this year, you now have the opportunity to access 10 of the conference sessions on demand! All sessions are approved for AIA HSW learning units. Check out the session descriptions at the bottom of this page, then click the “Access Sessions” button to sign up. 

If you did not attend the show in person: the registration cost is $199 and includes on-demand access to the sessions from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2022. Click here to purchase now. 

If you did attend the show in person: Attendees of the in-person EFA Conference will automatically be registered for complimentary access to EFA On Demand. Please check your email for details or contact for support. 

On-demand viewing of the sessions will be reported to AIA through Aug. 31, if membership numbers have been provided to EFA at registration.


E02 – The Future is Now: Creating Communities for the New Senior Consumer

Jeffrey Anderzhon, Principal, Crepidoma Consulting, LLC
Ric D’Amico, Vice President, The Belaire Group

Today’s (and tomorrow’s) residents want something more—a holistic and continuing sense of purpose, diverse and active community, and choice in their living arrangements and health provisions. This presentation will explore superior examples of varying senior living campuses that have successfully utilized unique design and operational approaches to create community.

Explore how communities can promote diversity and inclusion and begin to blur the oft distinctive line between independent living and high quality healthcare. Attendees will also learn what defines intergenerational living and how to effectively design for it. Case studies from successful approaches around the world will be shared and discussed.


E04 – Residents Living with Dignity: Design Elements for Memory Care

Jennifer Ingerson Vice President of Housing, Loretto
Steven Hanson, Associate Partner, QPK Design LLP

With the increasing numbers of people who are expected to receive dementia-related disease diagnoses, we need solutions now. The New Borer Memory Life Community offers a solution and is a model for advances in living for those with Alzheimer’s.

This presentation will take participants on the journey from identifying the need; researching optimal designs and best practices; and developing a unique, residential design. Four primary design themes will be explored in detail, including wayfinding, maximization of natural light, optimization of activities of daily living, and the importance of therapeutic gardening. Each supports an environment that fosters living with dignity.


E06 – Recasting Environments for Aging as Intergenerational Research, Innovation, and Wellness Hubs

Christina Long, Principal, Vertical Architecture Enterprises
Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

Our times demand an intergenerational community model that supports elders, youth, families, and those who serve them in environments that foster a sense of purpose and social cohesion through learning, innovation, and pathways for personal growth.

Promising new collaborations between senior living and higher education entities, multifamily housing developers, existing children’s environments homes, and community revitalization organizations demonstrate an optimistic path and approach for serving elder populations with reduced isolation and improved access to quality care.

Join us for a robust discussion on burgeoning integrative examples and approaches for change in the environments for aging marketplace!


E07 – Modular Construction for Senior Living: A New Path to Affordability

Chris Tiegen, NCARB, Ryan A+E Inc. (Ryan Companies)
Stephanie Adamczyk, Project Executive Senior Living, Ryan Companies
Mike Ernst, Vice President of Insights and Innovation, Ryan Companies

While demographics continue to drive demand for senior housing, several challenges in the building industry including rising construction costs and workforce availability are making it more difficult to deliver quality, affordable housing options for seniors. This session explores modular construction as one potential innovative path to make senior housing more affordable and sustainable.

Key topics of discussion will include essential design strategies for modular construction, comparison of the process differences between off-site and traditional construction, case studies highlighting some of the practical and logistical challenges to consider, and future developments impacting the feasibility of off-site construction for senior housing.


E11 – More than Plants and Patterns: The Nuances of Biophilic Design in Senior Living

Catie Ryan, Director, Terrapin Bright Green
Jay Weingarten, Partner, RDG Planning & Design

Lara Slavkin, Partner, RDG Planning & Design

Biophilic design can involve the interplay of advanced, and sometimes obscure, research with the practical design application in a complex built environment. This process is often reduced to the inclusion of potted plants or nature-inspired textiles. But what does it mean to incorporate biophilia from the very beginning of a project so that it’s effective across that environment and cost efficient? How can operators take ownership in the biophilic experience to ensure the ongoing success of the design strategies?

This session will expand upon the more nuanced application of biophilic design strategies and provide specific examples of how these strategies can be implemented in senior living environments.


E14 – Design Strategies to Address Staffing Shortages

Dan Godfrey, Partner, RLPS Architects
Matt Schuler, Director of Culinary Development, SCOPOS Hospitality Group

The pandemic has exacerbated staffing shortages in senior living communities and throughout the country. As the baby boomer generation retires, the pressure is on for senior industry providers to meet resident lifestyle preferences at all living and care levels. With a shrinking workforce, increasing wage rates, and labor policies that have dampened return-to-work incentive, how will communities maintain a high level of care and service to meet consumer demand?

This session will demonstrate ways that planning and design strategies can improve staff efficiency, reduce FTE requirements, and improve staff retention—all while making resident service better than ever.


E18 – Rethinking Senior Living for the Next Generation

Craig Witz, Principal, Witz Company
Vassar Byrd, President, Leading Age Oregon; CEO, Rose Villa

Traditional senior living design is often immediately recognizable and tends to “look like senior living,” even from afar. The next generation of seniors is different from those we currently serve, and their wants/needs can vary greatly from what we are typically offering.

This session will present seven specific guiding principles to create a senior living product that looks and feels like cool mixed-use or connected village living and is able to provide the types of connections and experiences this next generation desires. Presenters will show site plans and photos of projects that employed these principles and show how they can incorporated using an experience-based versus program-based process.


E23 – Decoded: How New Code Changes are Supporting Person-Centered Care

Amy Carpenter, Principal, SFCS Architects

There have been some significant changes to the building codes that allow designers and providers more flexibility when implementing care environments that have the hallmarks of home. This presentation will describe the intent and safety features behind each change and provide you the knowledge and understanding to discuss them with confidence.

Presenters will also dive into the accessible bathroom changes made in the 2021 International Building Code and being proposed for the 2024 edition of International Code Council/A117.1 These represent a long-overdue set of alternate accessibility measures to better serve the needs of elders. Finally, they will demonstrate a variety of configurations that meet the requirements and explain the key features.


E25 – Flexible Small Households: The Vista at CC Young, Dallas

Grant Warner, Principal, HKS
Russell Crews, President/CEO, CC Young

The Vista at CC Young represents a new design concept in senior living with ultimate flexibility to adapt each of its sixteen-person small households to changing market demands and resident needs. The project represents a strategic shift in the communities’ licensed care efficiencies, consolidating the operations of four separate buildings into one cohesive complex. Careful planning separated resident and staff areas for improved privacy and security, which was useful during the pandemic.

This session will share insights from a post-occupancy evaluation including resident surveys and staff interviews to assess how the original design intent translated to measurable and meaningful impact, under normal and pandemic circumstances.


E28 – From Macro to Micro: Memory Care Design From 20,000 Feet to 2 Inches

Eric McRoberts, Partner, RLPS Architects
Kristin Novak, Senior Interior Designer / Director, Pittsburgh Office, RLPS Architects

Figuring out where, how, and what to build to serve senior living providers’ memory care needs can be challenging. Participants will start 20,000 feet in the air and explore how to tackle site selection, from new standalone buildings to repositioning existing infrastructure.

Then, they will dive into the relationship between building design and models of care, learning how one informs the other for the highest and best outcome. Finally, participants will see how the interior details seal the deal by reinforcing program goals and enhancing resident experience, from design-forward engagement stations to outdoor connections, and everything in between!


Important information about CEUs:

All sessions have been approved for 1 AIA HSW LU. If you are an AIA member and provided your membership number at registration, your viewing of this webinar will be reported to AIA on your behalf up until Aug. 31, 2022. Because each session is broadcast on demand, AIA requires that you complete and pass a quiz demonstrating your comprehension of the material presented. The quiz will appear on screen at the conclusion of the broadcast; you must achieve a passing grade of 80% and will have the opportunity to retake the quiz until you pass.

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