Thoughtful Design is Inclusive

A new apartment community recently opened in the affluent community of New Canaan, CT, drawing praise from residents, town leaders and state legislators. The two L-shaped buildings frame a generous green space with outdoor amenities like a multi-purpose sports court, playground, community garden and sledding hill. Inside units have large windows with commanding views, 9-foot […]


Over the last several weeks of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Senior Living Team has been using some of our down time to interview Administrators and CEOs in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts who are in the midst of the crisis to get a real-time assessment of the issues that they are facing. What we have […]

How Will COVID-19 Change the Built Environment?

An image of one of Amenta Emma’s senior living projects was included in a recent Architectural Digest article about how the coronavirus pandemic could affect architecture and design. As head of our firm’s Senior Living studio, this is something that has been on my mind. Seniors are one of the populations most at risk with COVID-19, so […]

Five Senses

How often do we stop to think how intricately intertwined our five senses are? Probably not many of us. But as we age, our senses begin to diminish, and for those in senior care environments, the reality is acute. What can architects and designers do to help? More than you might think.

A Bigger Small House for Memory Care

Designing for specialized facilities like these isn’t just about room size, light, and finishes. It’s about people. That is always our higher calling.

The War of Independence

Post Occupancy Evaluation at Thames Edge – Groton, Connecticut At a recent “LeadingAge” national conference in New Orleans, we attended a session called, “Big Living in Small Spaces.” Among other ideas, presenters suggested that seniors don’t need large kitchens, so it’s not smart to build them. We wondered, “Is that true?” It’s always a good […]