This program targets firm principals, studio leaders, and other professional staff focused on sustainability and innovative approaches to designing for aging.
It is ironic that in a country that celebrates individuality, one-third of Americans are relegated in their last 650 days of life to the most banal of environments—the nursing home. This institutional ending to how they have
lived their lives is rapidly becoming an unacceptable concept to Baby Boomers, who pioneered different ways of living together in their youth. As a result, Boomers are increasingly determined to live in communities where
design is in sync with a sophisticated and active lifestyle. In communities designed to address the challenges of aging, it is now often possible to maintain a higher quality of life than a nursing home can offer within the comfort and security of our own homes, so why should decorated hospitals be the only choice for the final moments in life? Matthias Hollwich will present alternative possibilities.
Matthias Hollwich, SBA, is a registered European Architect, cofounder and principal of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and cofounder of Architizer. Before starting his own enterprises he worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects, and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. In 2004, Matthias finished editing his first book with Rainer Weisbach at the Bauhaus: UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, New York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam. Hollwich is driven by the aim to upgrade human-made environments on a human and engaging scale.
HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) is a New York-based architecture and design office whose projects span the worlds of architecture, branding, and development. HWKN embraces all facets of contemporary culture to enrich and reinvent buildings. The office is involved in a diverse range of projects that include Wendy, the 2012 Museum of Modern Art PS1 Pavilion; J2, the tallest residential development in New Jersey; the Fire Island Pines Pavilion; and the UNIQLO Cubes. The office focuses on global cultural projects, large-scale developments, brand-enhancing interventions, and architecture for our aging society.
Organized by: AIANY Design for Aging Committee