“The voice of architects and designers is underrepresented in the discussion about age-friendly environments. Our homes are a public good and an asset for community building. We need to invest in this public good and make sure that homes are available to as many people as possible throughout the arc of their lives.”
Susanne is an architect and social entrepreneur passionate about shifting the perspective on aging and an advocate for imaginative and human-centered design solutions for the later phase of life. For the past 20 years, an important emphasis of her work has been to provide sustainable design solutions for the complex needs of aging that allow people to age with safety and delight, at home and in the world.
At Home With Growing Older (AHWGO) is a nonprofit that identifies the overlap between services, infrastructure, and homes to meet the needs and desires of an aging population. Our community includes thought leaders in the aging arena and people of all ages who want to own their aging experience. We educate and connect individuals and organizations through our programming.
Susanne regularly speaks and presents to a variety of audiences on such topics as ‘Sixth Sense: The Potential Role of Lighting in the Aging Space’ (Lightspace, Los Angeles), ‘Resourceful Homes: The potential for everyday homes to accommodate aging in place’ (SPUR, San Francisco), and ‘A Home For All Ages’ (Avenidas Housing Conference, Palo Alto).
In her architecture practice, she guides the age-friendly design of the new Wallis Annnenberg GenSpace at the Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. At AHWGO, she leads a collaboration with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an Age Selfcare Curriculum.