senior living architects

Preparing for the Future – Building Flexibility into Supportive Living Structures

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , , by Andrew Korb


The future can be uncertain when it comes to predicting the level of supportive living care your community will need. By implementing construction standards that suit the highest level of care today, you can adapt resident units to meet your needs tomorrow. This forward-thinking approach makes addressing the needed changes more financially feasible later.

In general, skilled nursing environments have the most stringent construction requirements, and these requirements can vary from sta... Read more...

Tech Talk – Getting the Lights Right | Lighting solutions that reinforce resident-centered care

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , by Tony Luciano


AG Architecture is synonymous with senior living architecture nationwide. I have been fortunate to spend over twenty years working to evolve and improve that product. When you work primarily in a specialty field, it is a good idea now and then, to step back and examine the path that has led us to our successes and evaluate areas for improvement. One topic that lends itself to periodic review is building lighting, specifically in resident rooms.

The word evolution usually refers to a sl...

Meet the Team – 25th Anniversary Celebration

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , , , , by admin

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In 1992, a fledgling architectural firm first known as Aldrian Guszkowski was formed. After Chuck Aldrian’s retirement in 1998 and the firm’s move to the Village of Wauwatosa, it was re-branded AG Architecture, reflecting the names of Steve Alexander and Gene Guszkowski. But Gene and Steve first began working together in the 1960’s in an earlier generation of the firm, likewise John Cronin, Cindy Lofy and Tracey Schnick were part of the team prior to the 1992 start date.

So as we...

Tech Talk: It’s the season of Comfort and Joy!

December 5, 2016, In , , , , by Tony Luciano

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What is more soothing than the soft, cuddly warmth of a dog or cat on your lap? How do you look at those eyes and not smile?

Tony’s Cat – Porter


For many of us, these animals are important and loved members of the family. For aging adults in all levels of senior living, that emotional connection is a significant factor in their health and well-being.  More and more care communities are recognizing this fact and incorporating or even promoting ... Read more...

Home Sweet Home – The Essential Elements of Household Design

December 2, 2016, In , , , , , , , , , , , , by Gene Guszkowski


Leaders in the senior living industry continue to look for ways to improve the lives of our ever-growing senior population. As these leaders focus on the future and take note of this specialized demographic, the approach to senior living design continues to evolve. Aspects of hospitality design are being applied in senior living communities in order to elevate the resident experience and infuse a vibrancy that supports an active lifestyle. And in skilled nursing, elements of residential desig... Read more...

Artistic Communities: Thoughtful Programming Activates Environments

October 10, 2016, In , , , , , , , by John Cronin


As communities make decisions regarding their approach to addressing the definition of the modern CCRC, it is not just about which renovations, additions or building projects to tackle. They need to consider the programs and services necessary to truly make these physical spaces a success on campus. A number of communities are finding art-related programming to be an important part of creating an active lifestyle for residents. From spaces to create art to places to display art, design and pr... Read more...

The AG Way – Delivering Successful Project Solutions with Certainty & Predictability

May 11, 2016, In , , , , , , , , , , , by Gene Guszkowski

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The start of the design process brings great anticipation, innovative ideas and the latest trends—the energy and excitement of endless possibilities. Flashy presentations and cutting edge concepts are important for inspiration and taking your organization to the next level. However, beware that soon after this honeymoon stage of concepts emerges the reality of budgets, timelines, building consensus amongst stakeholders and other factors that establish the parameters of a project. Ideas and ... Read more...

Senior Living – Full Speed Ahead in 2016

February 14, 2016, In , , , , , , , , , , , by Gene Guszkowski


2015 presented exciting opportunities for the AG team. We forged new relationships while celebrating with existing clients as we wrapped up projects that will expand their service offering, improve operational efficiencies and reposition their communities. From a rehab cottage in Nebraska to a campus refresh in Florida, our clients have been responding to consumer expectations and investing in the future.

As we wrapped up the year and began to look ahead to 2016 and beyond, we took the... Read more...

Meet the AG Team

February 14, 2016, In , , , , , , , , , , , , , by admin


For AG, the New Year brings new opportunities for AG team members. In an effort to continuously improve client services and demonstrate our commitment to providing vision, building consensus, and bringing certainty and predictability to the construction process, we have added a few new faces while some familiar faces have been elevated to new positions within the firm.



Congratulations to Tracey Schnick a...

Advocacy in Action: Lift Systems

October 19, 2015, In , , , , , by Russ McLaughlin

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As providers look for ways to elevate the level of care they can provide in supportive living environments, more and more communities are evaluating the integration of lift systems in resident rooms.

From skilled nursing to rehabilitation centers, this technology supports safety and dignified care with both the resident and staff in mind. These systems are particularly important due to the growing number of bariatric residents.  The benefits of lift systems include: