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Gaius G. Nelson

Founding Principal
The Nelson-Tremain Partnership

Gaius Nelson is a founding principal of The Nelson-Tremain Partnership, an architectural and consulting practice dedicated to serving the design needs of older people. Since 1980, he has served clients throughout the United States on innovative projects that address the full spectrum of housing and health care for aging.

Mr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he specialized in the research of the built environment and its impact on older people.

Mr. Nelson has been instrumental in working towards change in Building and Design Codes & Regulations which are inappropriately applied to facilities for older people. He has served on the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), Code Clearinghouse Advisory Board; he has testified before numerous legislative committees; and he has spearheaded successful Rules modifications to building codes.

As recipient of a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellows Grant, Mr. Nelson spent six weeks in 1995 studying public policy formation and implementation as a public policy intern at AAHSA in Washington, DC. During this time, he also served as Chairman of the private sector Workshop for the Office of Technology Assessment study titled: Residential Technologies for Elderly People and Persons with Disabilities: Issues in Innovation, Design and Implementation.

Mr. Nelson is on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) and serves as the SAGE appointed committee member involved in the Revision Task Force for the American Institute of Architects Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities.