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Q&A

with Richard B. "Rick" Brown
President, Brown Calabretta Architects Inc.
What defined senior
living design 10 years
ago and what defines
it now?
Ten years ago, senior
living designs leaned
heavily toward privatizing
healthcare suites and
creating more independent
housing to balance out
existing CCRC campus'.
This housing included
cottages or villa homes
and remote, self-sustaining
apartment buildings or
brownstone walk-ups
with parking underneath.
The recession starting
in 2008 all but killed that
demand. Starting in 2012,
the recession recovery
brought assisted living,
memory care, and rehab
facilities to the forefront
morphing into today's
need for AL licensed
transitional apartments
and independent
apartments to catch up
to the underserved and

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expanding market of
baby boomers.
In what sector of
senior living do you
expect to see the
most growth in the
next few years?
Without a doubt, I see
AL licensed transitional
apartments as the
biggest demand over
the next few years. The
resident wants to start
independent, and be
able to stay independent
as long as possible
without being forced up
the continuum of care
ladder. Assisted Living
licensed apartments
allow a resident to
age-in-place with
their healthcare needs
met from a variety of
sources, ranging from
Home Healthcare to
Hospice. These facilities
are optimally located
adjacent to activities and

food service operations
within the community,
giving residents many
more opportunities to
have fun with a variety of
food choices.
How will the design of
those spaces change
to meet the demands
of today's senior
consumers?
Having the ability to cook
at home, go downstairs for
a restaurant-quality meal
of your choice, or walk
to a neighborhood Bistro
for a casual Panera-like
experience seems to be
a pervasive trend. The
coming baby boomers
will demand a more direct
relationship with nature.
Units and buildings must

emphasize a connection
to the outside with
decks, plazas, and
protected outdoor
spaces with integrated
landscapes becoming
ever more popular.
Outdoor grills with wood
fired pizza ovens under
moon-lit skies may soon
become the norm.
Tell us something
surprising about your
company that people
may not know.
My architectural firm
is ridiculously small
for the volume of work
and size of projects we
have accomplished.
As President, I am
also the lead working
Project Architect
involved in all aspects
of all projects: from
interview and design
to construction and
grand opening. Having
learned the power of
collaboration with other
talented practitioners
and consultants, has
allowed me to organize
teams for whatever the
project needs are, while
staying up front as the
Client's trusted liaison.
Client loyalty, honesty,
and integrity define my
practice. Experiencing
resident's pride in their
home and community is
the ultimate reward.
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