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Webinar: Homes for Active Aging: What Older Adults Think About Technology-based Home Design Strategies

When: October 22, 2020
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


Health-related building standards, such as the WELL Building Standard, align with design strategies and technologies that support physical activity and reduce sedentariness. One approach to promoting physical activity and less sedentary behavior is through the promotion of “active living,” defined as integrating any form of physical activity into daily routines. In this webinar, attendees will learn about various low-, medium, and high-tech design features, of varying cost ranges, that can be integrated into senior residential environments. They’ll also hear about older adults’ attitudes and intentions to use these design products. Implications for the architecture and design community will also be highlighted.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify currently available design and ambient assistive technologies that support active living in residential environments.
  • Recognize which design features and/or assistive technologies may be more appropriate for different older adult populations and for different ranges of incomes or ability levels.
  • Discuss the main factors that influence older adults’ home technology adoption decisions.
  • Understand the implications of the results of a mixed-methods research study regarding policy and design process decisions and how they apply to the larger design community.


Presenting Faculty

Elif Tural, PhD, WELL AP, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture+ Design, Virginia Tech

Elif Tural is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design. Dr. Tural received her PhD in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University. Her multidisciplinary design education includes an MFA in Interior Architecture, and a B.Arch.  As the 2017 Edison Price Fellow of the Nuckolls Fund, Dr. Tural worked at Oculus Lighting Studio, a Los Angeles-based architectural lighting design firm to enhance her research and teaching in the field of lighting design. She holds WELL AP and LEED credentials, and is a member of EDRA, IDEC and IESNA.


Lisa M. Tucker, PhD, FIDEC, FASID, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Professor and Chair, Interior Design, Virginia Tech

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD is a Professor and Chair for Interior Design at Virginia Tech and teaches courses on sustainable design and upper level design studios.  She is a LEED BD + C and WELL accredited professional.  Dr. Tucker holds degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri—Columbia in Architectural Studies. Dr. Tucker, honored as the 2016 IIDA Educator of the Year, has been identified by Design Intelligence as a Most Admired Design Educators in 2010, 2017, and 2018. She has received the Nancy McClelland Award and is an ASID Educator Medalist.