Environments for Aging (EFA) Design Showcase

Each year, Environments for Aging magazine features a comprehensive review of architectural and interior design projects representing outstanding innovative design solutions in new or renovated senior living environments across the country.

SAGE is an integral team member in collaboration with Emerald Expositions, The Center for Health Design, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in producing this Annual Design Showcase.  SAGE provides twenty jury members who serve on the expert panel in evaluating over seventy submissions each year.  SAGE members who make up this esteemed jury include architects, interior designers, consultants, regulators, health care providers and academic/research professionals.   

The jury process involves both a virtual, electronic evaluation and an in-person, group-based review.  The panel of experts come together for lively debate, discussion and evaluation to identify innovative design solutions that promote person-centered care and forward-thinking strategies in senior living.

Project categories include new construction, new construction & renovation, additions, remodels and repurposed spaces, projects in progress and unbuilt/conceptual designs.  Eligible settings include: Adult daycare, alzheimer's/dementia, assisted living, CCRCs, hospice, independent living, post-acute/rehab, senior community centers, skilled nursing, wellness/fitness centers, and other senior living environments.

All submitted projects are eligible for recognition awards including the Award of Merit and the Honorable Mention Award.  All projects are published, unless they fail to meet specific criteria established by the jury panel of experts.  All SAGE members receive a complimentary copy of the spring edition of the Design Showcase Environments for Aging Magazine.

2016 Awards and Recognition

Award of Merit:

St. John's Brickstone, submitted by SWBR Architects

Honorable Mentions:

Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake, submitted by PRDG

Legacy Place Cottages, submitted by RLPS Architects

Whitney Center, submitted by SFCS Architects

MorningStar at Arrowhead, submitted by Thoma-Holec Design LLC

 An awards ceremony for the winning projects will be held at the EFA Conference (April 9-12, Austin, Texas).


2015 Awards and Recognition:


 Category: Unbuilt (projects in progress)

Awards of Merit:

T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Dallas

PRDG (architecture) and MESA (landscape architecture)

Rose Villa Pocket Neighborhoods and Town Center, Portland, Ore.

RLPS Architects

Category: Built (new construction and/or remodel-renovation)

Award of Merit:

The Cottages at Hearthstone, Pella, Iowa

Pope Architects EFA Design Showcase Jury 2015

Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa. RLPS Architects

Honorable Mention:

Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Perkins Eastman


Jury for the Design Showcase - 2016




                                      Jury for the Design Showcase - 2015

For more information on the EFA Design Showcase, please contact the SAGE Design Chair, Russ McLaughlin or the Director of Special Projects Environments for Aging, Donna Paglia.

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