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C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group receives two Design for Aging awards

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c.c. hodgson architectural group was recently awarded two Design for Aging awards by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) including the highest honor of an Award of Merit for Seasons at Alexandria, a new senior living community in Alexandria, Kentucky, for Baptist Life Communities. Miami Jewish Health’s EmpathiCare Village, a unique model for memory care, was also selected for publication in the 14thedition of the Design for Aging Review.

This marks the 14th year of the biannual competition that started in 1992 with c.c. hodgson architectural group having been recognized for 21 projects since that time. According to the AIA in announcing the award recipients, “there are few issues of our time that are more pressing than aging, a matter that your work demonstrates is a design issue both in the way we shape our communities and how we build those facilities that provide skilled medical care.”

“As an architect, my core belief has always been that design matters and that environments affect people’s behavior. Both Baptist Life Communities and Miami Jewish Health reflect how senior living environments can empower people by design, “said Cornelia C. Hodgson, executive architect for both projects. “Our focus is on designing the user experience and we do that through empathetic design which centers on emotionally positive attitudes and assumptions about the end user – whether it’s an independent living community or specialized memory care, the focus is on the resident and the people who care for them.”

According to the jury that consisted of architects and senior living providers, Seasons at Alexandria was selected because “the new campus design for Baptist Life Communities reflects excellent massing, use of the site, and compact relationships between the community elements. The jury was impressed with the values-based and methodical process that guided the ultimate design of this community. The current trends in household design are evident and are thoughtfully applied.”

The Design for Aging competition includes a juried exhibition that is displayed at senior living and AIA conferences, and a published book that showcases selected projects advancing environments for aging by demonstrating innovation in their design and execution.

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