Notes from the Field: Using Universal Design to Assess Aging in Place Opportunities


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
2 pm ET, 1 pm CT, noon MT, 11 am PT



This webinar has already taken place. The recording can be found below.

Access SAGE POE white papers, including the white paper for the student-directed POE at Thistledown Co-Living House, here.

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Presented by

Kansas State University Students

Hannah Richardson, Brett LaFleur, Sydney Tucker, Mikayla Adkins

College of Health and Human Sciences and the Interior Design and Fashion Studies Department

Lauren Tines, Associate, Interior Designer R&D Coordinator


Course Description

Evaluating the outcomes of new housing models is critical for innovation and advancement in senior communities. This SAGE-based post-occupancy evaluation (POE) will highlight the lessons learned from a student-directed review of an award winning co-living home at Garden Spot Village in New Holland, Pa. Presenters will provide detailed analysis of areas of the house and demonstrate how design features were assessed against universal design principles. Since the goal of the POE was to provide feedback on the design before additional houses were constructed, the team will also share their proposed design ideas for future projects to enhance function and foster health and well-being.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the process of an indicative-level SAGE POE and how outcomes can be applied to future design.
• Identify critical design features of co-living environments that contribute to successful aging-in-place.
• Explore how the environmental features of co-living homes can be universally designed to enhance function and accessibility.
• Recognize how the next generation of design professionals are applying evaluative strategies to inform evidence-based problem solving and design.