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Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition

Environments for Aging's annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, with support from SAGE, sheds light on many little-seen projects that have noteworthy aspects for inspiring renovation projects, big or small. SAGE assembles jury members for the evaluation of entries based in part on the SAGE design principles.

SAGE is pleased to partner with Environments for Aging magazine on this initiative. Every year SAGE assembles a multidisciplinary jury to review the submissions. If you are interested in serving on a future jury, please contact us.  

Learn more about the Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition, including insights from the 2020 honorees with this recording of the SAGE Webinar, EFA Remodel/Renovation Competition: A Review of 2019, presented by Ric D'Amico, Rob Pfauth, Meghan Kolund, LuAnn Thoma-Holec, and Craig Kimmel:

Great minds serve on design juries!

SAGE members and non-members alike volunteer their time to review the competition submissions and vote remotely. Think you might want to serve on a future SAGE jury (we highly recommend it, by the way)? See what previous jurors had to say about the experience. Then email us at to be considered for an upcoming jury.

"I felt privileged to review other Senior living designers' creative problem solving solutions. Their creativity fuels my own inspiration."

Sharon Watkins, M.S., EDAC, ASID, NCIDQ
Interior Design Consultant

"I love judging the competition and look forward to it each year that I am offered the chance to be part of this. The thing I love the most is seeing the transformation of the spaces because in remodel/redesign we get to see the BEFORE shots!  That is something you don’t always see in the periodicals. What I also love is seeing the overall design trends that seem to seep out because looking at a group of 10 -20 projects is a great way of seeing what Designers are seeing and doing out there." 

Carol Reitter Elia, ASID, IIDA, LEED-AP, SAGE

CR Design

"Reviewing the Aging 2016 Remodel/Renovation Competition entries was a great opportunity to see the sorts of projects that are happening around the country.  It was also a chance to hear about the kinds of considerations designers are taking when designing projects.   Many of the projects were not large but it was apparent how impactful the remodels can be."

Jeri Tess, LEED AP BD+C 

Associate, Opsis Architecture LLP

"It is a privilege and learning experience serving as a juror on the Remodeling and Renovation competition.  This experience provides thought provoking ideas that I can use in my position as a Vice President, Facility Management.  It is exciting to see the creativity in space use that benefit those that entrust their well-being to us as providers."

David J. Henry, Jr.

Vice President, Facility Management Operations

Trinity Senior Living Communities

"Thanks for the opportunity to serve.  Being on the jury was a great way to see and contribute towards the exciting environments being created in our industry."

Sharon Behan Breitinger, Director

Design & Construction Services

SanteFe Senior Living

"I was impressed by the variety of the projects presented as well as the thought process and strategies that went into each renovation project. In most cases, the 'before' and 'after' photos were amazingly different.  I especially liked the ones that renovated or re-purposed older, historical buildings. The judging process was more difficult than I anticipated.........lots of very nice projects, hard to pick a few winners." 

Ridley Kinsey, Director of Healthcare Markets


"After 50 years in architectural practice, it was a pleasure to appraise the work of others and serve on the opposite side of the fence. I was delighted to see renovations that aim for home-like environments through a residential scale and outdoor living spaces, and that foster community and independence, especially in long-term care facilities."

Rudy P. Friesen, FRAIC, Hon FAIA, LEED AP

"I love being a judge for the Remodel/Renovation competition—this is where I see some of the most creative solutions, often on a very limited budget.  I’m always ready to look at what care communities are doing with their older buildings and making them more person-centered and/or dementia friendly."

Maggie Calkins, Ph.D, M.Arch., Board Chair

IDEAS Institute

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