Since 2008, Perkins Eastman has worked with the American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) to evaluate and report on the data collected from the AIA’s biennial Design for Aging Review competition (2013). In the DFAR12, Emily Chmielewski, lead researcher for Perkins Eastman Strategies, examined jury evaluations for a diverse group of distinguished senior living projects from around the world. Based on the data, Chmielewski created a series of common themes (e.g. ecological sustainability, research-based design, collaborative design) in her study based on project descriptions, building components, and goals. Four Perkins Eastman projects were recognized by the DFA for their outstanding design, with three of four receiving awards of merit.