Aging in Place: Kitchens Design Competition
  • winners

    Thank you for your interest in the 2012 AIAS/AARP Student Design Competition: Aging In Place- Kitchens. Please take a moment to look at the winning designs below. If you have questions about the winning designs or if you are interested in getting more information about universal design, please contact

    First Place
    Preservation through Creation
    Tony Zhang, Daniel Gehr, Richard May
    Advisor: Erica Cochran
    2nd year students, Carnegie Mellon University

    Second Place
    Staying Young in Old City: Securing Independence through Adaptable Design
    Jason Klinker, Madeline LaPlante
    Recent Graduates, Ball State University

    Third Place
    Justin Petersen
    Recent Graduate, University of Minnesota

    Honorable Mention
    Green Kitchen
    Kemal Koray Aysin
    2nd year student, University of Maryland

    Honorable Mention
    Adjusting with Time
    Samantha Raburn, Michael Markham
    3rd & 4th year students, Louisiana Tech University

    Merit Award
    Aged to Perfection
    Diane Cocchiara, Jeff Osburn
    5th year students, University of Oklahoma

    Merit Award
    Eric Tam, Dana Dimalanta
    Advisor: Richard Knoeppel
    High School Students, Advanced Technologies Academy

    Merit Award
    A Kitchen Alive
    Nick Tafel, Edgar Mozo, Joel Pominville, David Herrero
    3rd year students, Clemson University

    Merit Award
    Diane Rosch
    3rd year student, Clemson University


The competition jury was made up of four architectural professionals representing different aspects of the competition program:

  • Karen Harris, AIA
    Architecture Matters, Inc
  • Will Bruder
    will bruder+PARTNERS, LTD
    President/Director of Design
  • Russell Davidson, AIA
    KG&D Architects & Engineers, PC
    President and Managing Partner
    American Institute of Architects National Vice President 2012-2013
  • John Salmen, AIA, CAE
    Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc, President
    Universal Design Newsletter, Publisher