July 15, 2021

"Housing for Seniors"

with Thomas Dougherty, architect and author of “From Our House to Godshuizen” ​
Based on his article “From Our House to Godshuis”, architect, author and scholar Thomas Dougherty will speak about creating homes for the elderly. The medical practice of elderly care has come to recognize the importance of well-designed housing as foundational to the well-being of the elderly. Too often today instead of “housing” them, we “warehouse” them. The elderly leave society when they enter an senior facility, too often to be forgotten by the community at large. It is this separation perhaps more than any other single factor that contributes to the suffering, loneliness, helplessness, and boredom of the elderly today. Through this forum learn how ‘human-scale’ development can bring a semblance of autonomy and a sense of “home” back to housing for our elderly.
​Thomas Dougherty, architect, published author, scholar, and city commissioner, is masterful at melding historic perspective with new urban design to maximize sustainability and livability. With a solid foundation as a timber framer and an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Thomas went on to receive not one, but two Master’s degrees from University of Notre Dame in Architecture and Architectural Design & Urbanism. Thomas currently works as an architect in West Chester, Pennsylvania initially with Archer and Buchanan Architects, and currently for his own ‘Innerblock Design Studio’ where he specializes in the development of ADUs along residential alleys and other ‘inner-block’, infill development.