Alexis has a passion: to “make aging cool,” and she’s already making a mark. With dual master’s degrees in architecture and gerontology, she brings a holistic approach to designing senior living environments. She has worked on numerous senior-focused communities, and serves on the AIA Design for Aging Advisory Group. “People have an image of what senior living looks like, so I love showing them how fantastic those communities can be,” she says. “There’s a huge potential to do innovative and meaningful work.” Alexis almost became a university professor. “I found nothing more fun than being challenged by students,” she says. “Their questions made me think very differently and solidify my opinions about environmental gerontology.” She describes her work style as “kind of like playing baseball. There’s a lot of casual thinking and collaborating as a team, followed by short bursts of individual intensity. When you’re up to bat, it’s on.”
American Senior Living Models in China
Alexis Denton and Joyce Polhamus, two of the leading experts in senior living design, discuss the intricacies of transplanting the American senior care model to China.
Designing For China’s Growing Senior Care Market
In a cultural shift, the senior care model is evolving rapidly in China. Read about the demographic and design trends shaping this new market.
Ten New and Emerging Trends in Residential Group Living Environments
Ten trends are described that utilize residential design approaches for physically challenged people with neuro disabilities.
Alexis was a panelist at SmithGroupJJR’s "The ADA at 25" event. This celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) explored how the civil rights legislation has changed lives and impacted design. Alexis stood out among a distinguished panel, articulating the value of accessibility. “It’s about going beyond making things usable to making things that help us improve performance and create a joyful experience for everyone,” she said. Alexis has also passionately advocated for increased education and awareness among architects and clients in order to continue the advancement of universal design.