Goals: The goals of the DESIGN review are to provide a sample of current projects that reflect the ideals of SAGE into both the process of design and the design itself. The DESIGN review was conceived as an educational tool, a forum for the dissemination of project based information for aging concepts and ideas. SAGE looks for innovation in design, not just the perpetuation of design trends.
History: SAGE and Long Term Living (formerly Nursing Homes Long Term Care Management) magazine have collaborated on the DESIGN review since 1997. DESIGN has now become a valuable resource for project specific design information as well as insightful articles from industry experts.
Projects Reviewed: Over 500 entries have been reviewed during the previous eight years of the DESIGN review. The review is usually formatted into four basic categories:
- New Construction
- Projects in Progress
- Remodeling and Renovation
- Single Room / Space / Feature
Who Participates: A multidisciplinary team of judges is vital and ensures a wide variety of comments and viewpoints. In the past, the majority of the judges have been SAGE Federation steering committee members who represent diverse expertise. Judges may or may not be members of the national federation, but all judges are actively involved with SAGE and awareness of and in agreement with the principles of design promoted by SAGE. The team of judges often includes the following industry experts:
- Clinician – Medical Directors
- Provider – Administration and Staff
- Consumer – Residents and Family Members
- Architects – Involved in Design for Aging
- Designers – Involved in Design for Aging
- Academic / Researcher – University Based or Independent
- Consultants – Involved in Design for Aging issues
- Regulatory – State or Federal Regulatory Individual for senior living
Judging: The judging process is an intense two-day event in which judges review entries, write comments, and deliberate on the features to emulate and opportunities for improvement in each submission.
More Information: If you are interested in learning more about this event, please contact Andrew Lee Alden who chairs the SAGE / Long Term Living magazine DESIGN review committee or Donna Paglia, who is the staff liaison at Long Term Living magazine. Click here to visit the Long Term Living magazine Design Center.