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Senior Living
Senior Living

“The increasing numbers of older people, combined with changes in the way these people want to live their later years and their expectation of higher quality of life, are creating the need for new care and housing options. Thus, new ideas about senior care and housing have developed the look of these environments not simply as health-care facilities but as seniors' homes.”
- Bradford Perkins

Housing for seniors has come a long way since the nursing homes and inconsistent personal care homes of the 1980s. Today's seniors are demanding more options to satisfy their diverse lifestyles. Design professionals must meet their challenging expectations with the utmost care and latest technology.


  • Originally published as part of Wiley's “Building Types Basics” series, SL outlines eight major building types and challenges associated with these types of communities. They include: assisted living residencies, dementia/Alzheimer's care, independent/residential living apartments, continuing care retirement communities, and active adult communities.

  • Also includes chapters dedicated to special equipment and technologies, international challenges, interior issues, energy/environmental challenges, and evolving concepts.

  • Each chapter includes charts, pictures, and floor plans to complement the ideas and content.

  • Includes a color supplement with pictures of existing senior living facilities.



Bradford Perkins, FAIA, RAIC, AICP, is the founder of Perkins Eastman Architects, a New York-based architectural, interior design, and planning firm with offices in Pittsburgh ; Stamford , CT ; Charlotte , NC ; San Francisco ; and Toronto . His firm's designs of senior living and care facilities, and other building types, have received many awards for design excellence.

J. David Hoglund, FAIA, is a senior principal and director of Perkins Eastman, and head of the firm's Pittsburgh office.

Douglas King, AIA, AICP, is a senior principal and director in Perkins Eastman's New York office.

Eric Cohen, AIA, is a senior associate at Perkins Eastman.

Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, the series' founder and editor. He is an architectural journalist and adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was chief editor of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.

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Monograph and Quiz:
20 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
NCARB Certificate holders: FREE
Non-NCARB Certificate holders: $275 
324 pages
Published 2006

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