We would like to acknowledge the following partners that supported the Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge and this Toolkit.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.


AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org


Home Matters is a national movement designed to ensure that every American lives in a safe, nurturing environment with access to education, healthcare, public spaces and community services. A key part of what we are doing is re-defining the American Dream. We believe the New American Dream is a societal commitment to improve and balance quality of life and that Home is our nation’s common denominator. We exist to raise funds and build awareness of the need for more affordable homes and better communities across the country. We’re a national coalition with over 300 nonprofit, government and corporate partners working hard toward ambitious goals over the next decade.


In 2014, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $150 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.6 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate more than 5,500 homes and counting.


Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The HomeDepot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families including the growing population of senior veterans. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home DepotFoundation has invested more than $138 million to veteran causes, and along with the help of TeamDepot volunteers, has transformed more than 25,000 homes for veterans. www.homedepot.com/teamdepot


At Dwell, we are staging a minor revolution. Here, the community comes together in content-rich environments to celebrate modern design through inspiring collaboration. For over 15 years, Dwell has championed good design, and is widely credited with igniting a conversation about how good design affects our lives. That grounding principle created a media company and, in turn, drove a cultural movement in which influential thought leaders pursue innovation and challenge old ideas. Today we stand with eleven branded platforms – Dwell Print, Dwell Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations, Dwell Mobile, Dwell Editions, Dwell Digital, Dwell Insights Group, Dwell Store, Dwell Real Estate, Dwell Events, and Dwell Social communities. Dwell serves a community of 3.5 million Design Seekers, savvy consumers and professionals passionate about design and purposeful in their pursuit of it.


AARP Bulletin reaches more than 23.5 million households each month in print, with additional news and in-depth coverage online. Covering health and health policy, Medicare, Social Security, consumer protection, personal finance, and AARP state and national news developments, AARP Bulletin delivers the story behind the key issues confronting 50+ America.


Thanks to the many architects and designers who contributed their submissions on universal designs to make this Toolkit possible.

Tim Gargiulo, Gabriel Espinoza, Carmen Velez

Inter-Active Living

First Place
Lisa Silbermayr, Isa Wolke

The Plus House

Second Place
Ben Tillman

Flex House

Third Place
Jeff Levine

Re-Defined Home

Joe Webb

Re-Defining Home

David Boeck, Kendra Orcutt


Michael Ortman


Jeanette Knudsen, Bill McCourt, Beth Gonzales

Re-Defining Home for Easy Living

Jason Hart


Lora Martens, Sara Martens

The New American Dream Home

Andrew Greene

Where it Matters Most