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Q&A

with Andrew Alden, M. Arch
Senior Associate, AG Architecture
What drew you to the
senior living design
sector?
From a young age, I was
drawn to helping people,
doing what I could to make
it a better day. I am the
youngest son of a youngest
son. My dad had 10 siblings,
so my formative years were
surrounded by older adults.
I often think back to times
spent with my aunts and
uncles, some of whom were
over 20 years older than
my dad. An undergraduate
degree in psychology
helped me solidify my
understanding of people,

Senior living design is a
natural fit for me.

AG Architecture | Josh Levin

and graduate degree in
architecture introduced
me to creating thoughtful
gerontological environments.

Is there an experience
you've had personally
or with a client/
resident that changed
the way you view your
work?
"Space around the bed is
important." That was the
start of a conversation over
20 years ago that stays
with me. I agreed, thinking
about the extra space for
equipment clearances,
maneuvering, etc. The
daughter of a resident
continued, "At the end, we

surrounded the bed with
chairs so we could all sit
and lay a hand on Dad and
be with him as he died." It's
important to remember that
good design is more than
creating functional space,
it's about supporting the
experience of people in it.
I always think about the
place experience from the
perspective of residents,
families, and staff.
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2020 jury/award winners and finalists
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Meet in the middle
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