A deeper level of understanding.

At William Brummett Architects we are compassionately driven to understand the needs and wants of those who call our buildings Home. This commitment is realized through our continuous resident-centered research, publications and presentations.

We are not content to simply rely on the successes and design approaches of the past. We recognize that this industry and its residents are evolving as new generations enter the marketplace. Our research enables us, and our clients, to make design decisions based on the most current knowledge of residents’ needs and wants. Our research also allows us to constantly improve our work, and offers us unique insight into the future of the industry.

Research

Resident- Centered Research We Have Conducted to Date:

  1. Music, Art, and Movement in Memory Care Settings: a case study. 2011 Ongoing.
  2. Creating Environments of Support : Dementia Responsive Design. 2010.
    in Cooperation with the Colorado Chapter Alzheimer's Association
  3. Case Studies:  Elder Cooperative Housing.  2006.
  4. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in Hospice:
    An Operators Survey.
    2005.
  5. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in Skilled Nursing:
    An Operators Survey.
    2005.
  6. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in Adult Day Care:
    An Operators Survey.
    2005.
  7. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in CCRCs:
    An Operators Survey.
    2005.
  8. Case Studies:  Innovations in Adult Day Design.  2005.
  9. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in Adult Mental Health:
    An Operators Survey.
    Ongoing.
  10. Resident-Centered Design Needs & Innovations in Adolescent Mental Health:
    An Operators Survey.
    Ongoing.
  11. Resident Interviews. 2005. Senior Independent Housing, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Memory Care.
  12. Case Studies:  Innovations in Skilled Nursing Design.  2004.
  13. Case Studies:  Innovations in Assisted Living Design.  2004.
  14. The Continuum of Housing & Care for the Aging: “Recycling” Traditional Nursing Homes.
    2003, Institute on Aging & Environment.
  15. The Continuum of Housing & Care for the Aging: Innovations in Assisted Living.
    2003, Institute on Aging & Environment.
  16. The Continuum of Housing & Care for the Aging: Hospice. 2003, Institute on Aging & Environment.
  17. Design and Development forecast for the Future of Housing and Care for the Aging: Phase 1.
    Report 2001-2002, Institute on Aging & Environment.
  18. Assisted Living Resident Interviews. 1993, Institute on Aging and Environment.
    124 interviews of residents, family members and staff.
  19. Design and Remodel for Dementia. 1994, McBeath Foundation.
  20. The Essence of Home: Design Solutions for Assisted Living Elderly Housing.
    1992-1996, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  21. Defining the Assisted Living Paradigm. 1992, Institute on Aging & Environment.

Publications

Our published work provides us with the opportunity to share much of our research, clarify and refine our programming and design ideas, and advocate for the most enriching and responsive environments for those we serve.

Published Work to Date:

Authored Books

- The Essence of Home: Design Solutions for Assisted Living Elderly Housing. 1996, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
- The Building Code Quick Reference Guide. Professional Publications, San Francisco.
- Creating Environments of Support : Dementia Responsive Design (to be published Spring 2010)

Contributing Book

- Creating Community-Based Assisted Living Housing. Chapter 4: The Phases and Activities of Development - Architectural Designs, Approvals, Land Acquisition and Construction. 1998, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Sacramento.

“Assisted Living Today” Articles

- Design’s Next Phase. September 2002.
- In Design, Simple Things Count. July 2001
- Assisted Living Design: What Should Residents Look For? June 2000.
- Cutting Cost Without Cutting Quality. March 1999.
- Building the Character of Home. January 1998.

CAHSA - Design Matters Column

- Creating Home. November 2005. Read Article >
- Project Delivery. September 2005
- Inviting Family and Friends. July 2005
- Supporting Our Caregivers. June 2005
- Supporting Aging In-Place. May 2005.
- (In)Dependent Housing. April 2005.
- Technology: Ready or Not, Here It Comes. March 2005
- The Development Process. February 2005.
- Innovations in Remodels. December 2004.
- Innovations in New Building Design. November 2004.

Presentations

- 2010 Aging in America Conference, "Creating Environments of Support : Dementia Responsive Design"
- 2010 Environments for Aging Conference, "Innovations in Memory care Design: A Person-Centered Approach"
- 2009 Alzhemier's Association Symposium, Creating Environments of Support : Dementia Responsive Design"
- 2008 CAHSA Conference Presentation "The Barbell Continuum"
- 2007 Institute on Aging & Environment, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning

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