Longevity by Design

Longevity by Design is an industry-wide charrette co-founded by DMA Engineers and The University of Queensland’s Healthy Ageing Initiative to challenge the future of senior living design.

The inaugural 2020 event was facilitated by Dr Rosemary Kennedy from SubTropical Cities. 121 people from more than 60 built environment organisations, health practitioners, academics and other industry bodies came together on 6 February 2020 to develop ideas for the future of seniors living in the Redlands. They had a choice of three sites to work on – Victoria Point, Mt Cotton and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands – where they were challenged to create visionary, innovative and highly connected design to meet the needs of future seniors in 2050.

Longevity by Design was awarded the 2020 Future of Ageing Research Category Award by Inside Ageing.

To see some of the highlights of the 2020 charrette and pitching breakfast, check out the short video below, or visit the Longevity by Design website.

Longevity by Design 2021: Feels Like Home


Join us for the second Longevity by Design industry-wide charrette to rethink the future of senior living design.

Longevity by Design is a charrette, or design challenge, that will be held in Brisbane over one day on 1 November 2020. In it’s second year, it’s a joint initiative of The University of Queensland ‘s Healthy Ageing Initiative and DMA Engineers, with support from our Major Sponsor Paynters.

Facilitated by Dr Rosemary Kennedy, the charrette will bring together thought leaders and professionals across a broad range of industries involved in designing for later life, building on the foundations of the University of Queensland’s Healthy Ageing Initiative.

Registered teams will take on a design challenge set to the theme of FEELS LIKE HOME: Designing pandemic-proof residential aged care that feels like home.’ Teams will have a choice of three real-world sites to work on provided by our three event partners: Fresh Hope Care, Southern Cross Care, and

For more information about the 2021 charrette, and an overview of the 2020 event, visit www.longevitybydesign.co

What is a charrette?

A charrette is a workshop devoted to solving a design challenge around a particular topic or situation. It is a collaboration to generate ideas and innovative thinking.

Why join the Longevity by Design charrette?

The charrette is a collaborative event giving teams the chance to think innovatively about the future of over-65 living.

It’s an opportunity to build your personal brand as a designer, innovator or creative thinker and make new professional connections across a range of industries.

You’ll hear from leading academics, interact with and be challenged by some incredible industry experts and mentors, and have your ideas heard by some of the leaders in Australian senior living.

Who can attend?

We’re looking for a diverse mix of skills, genders, ages, backgrounds and experience within each team.

Teams will consist of between 4-8 people, with a maximum of 120 people participating on the day. We invite you to register as an individual, or as a team.

If registering as an individual, we will place you into a team. If you register a team of less than 8 people, note that additional people will be added to your team.

If you are registering as a team, we strongly encourage you to bring together a diverse team with a range of different skills, perspectives and viewpoints to encourage creativity and innovation. Why not invite some clients or stakeholders to join your own organisation’s team?

Based on our 2020 event, we’re expecting participation from architects, transport and urban planners, and engineers, to interior designers, social scientists, health and community practitioners, educators, psychologists, visual artists, builders, marketers, built environment professionals and representatives from Government.

If you’re keen to challenge assumptions and think differently when it comes to changing senior living design for the future, we’d love you to join us. Get your tickets today!