ASID Designers Author Residential Design for Aging in Place Textbook

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2008) – A topic gaining more recognition and talk amid the design community, Residential Design for Aging in Place, is the title of a new book written by ASID members Michael Thomas, FASID, CAPS, and Drue Lawlor, FASID. An up-to-date resource for interior designers, the textbook incorporates design concepts and principles that can help professionals complete projects that allow homeowners to remain in their homes and plan for the future.

“Helping clients envision a space that is unlimited by its design and as such allows them to remain independent for as long as possible – this is one of the greatest services that we as design professionals can provide,” says Lawlor. “Often this is something that involves the entire family as so many clients these days are also helping to care for their own parents, as well as possibly their grandchildren.”

Thomas and Lawlor, who both have served on the ASID Aging in Place Council, based their recommendations on many years of first-hand experience designing residences for clients with aging-in-place needs, such as limited mobility and diminishing eyesight. The book’s in-depth case studies demonstrate how to translate Thomas and Lawlor’s key topics into effective design solutions including

  • Exterior and interior room-by-room accessibility
  • Short-term and long-term care adaptations
  • Working with aging specialists, such as physical and occupational therapists
  • Laws, codes and regulations

“Properly applied, design techniques can address the health and welfare of those in need while at the same time providing a personal place that is uplifting, warm and comfortable, safe and secure, and just as important, an environment that doesn’t resemble anything institutional,” says Thomas. “Effective design can be but one tool in changing perceptions about getting older if one can continue to choose how and where to live no matter the physical abilities.”

Residential Design for Aging in Place is available for purchase at Media inquiries for Drue Lawlor, FASID, or Michael Thomas, FASID, CAPS, should be sent to

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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