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2015 ALFA Senior Living by Design Competition

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Celebrate Senior Living Through ALFA’s Senior Living by Design Competition


Nominations for the fourth annual Senior Living by Design Competition are now closed. Winners of the competition will be unveiled in November/December 2015 edition of Senior Living Executive.

About the Senior Living by Design Competition

Each year, the annual design competition celebrates architects, design firms and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture and design in senior living communities.

Senior living design is never static. Tastes change, design trends evolve over time. As generations shift, resident desires evolve too, with each iteration reflecting a new design aesthetic. 

Architects and communities are invited to share their design innovations celebrating an active lifestyle through walkable environments that eliminate corridors, provide safe and engaging spaces for residents and families to gather, charming lighting features customizable to resident needs, rounded edges that improve safety and create a less clinical environment, and efficient and purposeful spaces that allow employees the optimal experience to best serve seniors.

Submission Questions:

Before starting the online application, please prepare your answers to the following questions. Please make sure all submission information is in print ready format (spell-checked, professional, and thorough) as ALFA will display it for public review.

  • In 100 words or less, please provide an overview of your design innovation.
  • Describe 3 objectives at the heart of this design project.
    • Goal #1 and Tactics Implemented to Achieve Goal
    • Goal #2 and Tactics Implemented to Achieve Goal
    • Goal #3 and Tactics Implemented to Achieve Goal
  • Rank how well does your project uses design to improve (Scale of 1-5):
  • Resident Choice, Resident Independence, Resident Health & Wellness, Resident Safety, Resident Socialization, Resident Engagement, Family Participation, Family Comfort, Employee Safety, Employee Engagement, Employee Task Efficiency, Community Engagement
    • Please provide any qualitative and/or quantitative data illustrating why you ranked "best in class" for the items noted above
  • What sets this community's design features apart from other senior housing communities
  • Please submit up to 5 photographs (300 dpi, high resolution tiff, jpeg, or eps) that illustrate this project’s particular design excellence. (For example, if the project advances excellence in resident safety through the implementation of modern ceiling-lift systems to facilitate transporting non-ambulatory residents throughout the community, please submit photos that demonstrate the point.) Please name the photos with the name of the community, e.g. ABCResidencePic1, ABCResidencePic2, etc.


Entry Fee:
Entry is $350 per project. Payment methods include check or credit card.

Judging and Prizes:
Your project will be reviewed by senior living design experts as well as members of ALFA’s Executive Roundtables and ALFA’s President’s Council who will choose the projects that best advance excellence in senior housing design.

Winning projects will be announced and featured in the November/December issue of Senior Living Executive magazine and announced to national media. Winning projects also will receive an award, promotion in ALFA Update newsletter and extra copies of the November/December magazine. 

Rules of Entry:
Completed online application and entry fee are required for entry into the awards competition. All projects must be senior living communities (independent living, assisted living, memory care, or a combination) and completed or substantially complete by 3.01.15. Submissions can include projects completed within the past five years, no earlier than 1.01.10. By entering the competition, entrants grant ALFA permission to share entry information and images on the ALFA website, in ALFA Update, and in Senior Living Executive. While all entering companies will be listed in Senior Living Executive, only the winning projects will be featured. ALFA’s Senior Living by Design Awards recognize excellence in architectural design in senior living communities. The awards promote and recognize design excellence in senior living, showcase new innovations in senior living, and promote awareness of senior living and the lifestyle senior living communities provide to residents.

Please direct questions to Jaclyn Allmon at jallmon@alfa.org.​

View Previous Award Winners:

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Mike Payne, APPI Energy.
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John D'Angelo, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Clark Reed, ENERGY STAR Buildings, U.S. EPA
Patrick Everitt, Ecova

The Senior Living Executive Conference
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Each year, the ALFA Senior Living Executive Conference welcomes 2,500 senior living professionals from around the world for four days of executive education, networking, problem solving and idea development. Photos, recaps, recordings and future event dates are available on the ALFA Conference website.