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 assembles a multidisciplinary jury who serve on the expert panel in evaluating up to seventy submissions each year.  This esteemed jury includes 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.

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 can receive a complimentary copy of the spring edition of the Design Showcase Environments for Aging Magazine.

Learn more about the 2019 EFA Design Showcase honorees HERE


2019 Awards and Recognition

Award of Merit:

Touchmark in the West Hills, submitted by Touchmark

Honorable Mention:

Garden Spot Village, Cooperative Living House, submitted by SFCS Architects

The Springs Living at Lake Oswego, submitted by Myhre Group Architects, Inc.




2018 Awards and Recognition

Award of Merit:

The Rooster Woodshop at Masonic Village, submitted by: RLPS Architects 

T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, submitted by: Faulkner Design Group 

Willow Valley Living -  Vistas Apartments and Chautauqua Hall, submitted by: RLPS Architects & RLPS Interiors 

Honorable Mention:

LivGenerations at Ahwatukee - Independent & Assisted Living Bldgs., submitted by: Thoma-Holec Design LLC 

Jin Wellbeing County, submitted by: Premiere Home Health Care Co., Ltd.

Menno Haven - New Rehabilitation Center, submitted by: RDG Planning & Design 


2017 Awards and Recognition

Award of Merit:

Rose Villa, submitted by RLPS Architects, Myhre Group Architects

The Cottage at Cypress Cove, submitted by SFCS Architects

Honorable Mentions:

John Knox Village, submitted by RDG Planning & Design

The Summit at Rockwood, submitted by Perkins Eastman


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


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

Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa. RLPS Architects

Honorable Mention:

Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Perkins Eastman


Design Showcase Jury - 2019

 Design Showcase Jury - 2018












Design Showcase Jury - 2016


                                      Design Showcase Jury - 2015

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

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