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The interdisciplinary UNLV Aging and Healthcare Design (AHCDesign) is collaboration between four units at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas:


  • School of Allied Health Science


  • School of Architecture


  • School of Community Health Science


  • College of EducationCollege of Medicine


The AHCDesign has a membership model for faculty and partners

from industry and government to join and contribute to diverse and

interdisciplinary research activities.



The collaboration is structured around a program of five broad and intertwined research areas:



  • Autonomy supportive design for aging


  • Person-centered approaches to address health related concerns


  • Social equity within community and housing models


  • Policy advocacy for social equity within the designed environment


  • Advocacy for people of different abilities to enjoy equal access to all services




The mission of this consortium is to promote the physical, psychological, and social health of each person throughout life, and the situations they encounter.


Increased population throughout the globe is one of the defining challenges of our times. In the United States, people live longer; many live with chronic illnesses, and those with differing abilities are integrating into all aspects of our society. Additionally, economic disparities have come to define public infrastructure, educational supports, healthcare services, and housing stock. Lack of resources dedicated to the poor and disadvantaged threatens the very foundation of democracy. However, unlike services-based interventions that can be terminated, altered, or maintained based on the political climate, the built environment endures for multiple generations.


The UNLV AHC.Design group is uniquely situated within the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ rapidly growing, civically engaged urban campus. The team serves as a cross-disciplinary think tank that develops and conceptualizes research and academic initiatives based on the conceptualization of the built environment as a means to support all people regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic and educational status.


Our objectives are based on the prevention or mitigation of factors that lead to, or contribute to, poor physical, psychological, or social illness.


Use of applied and exploratory research to identify strategies that promote the integration of person centered actions, social equity, and healthy communities—in partnership with community based organizations, educational and health facilities, and governmental entities.


Explore socially inclusive applications of clinical and social health within the designed environment for a more holistic and integrated approach to health disparities and personal wellbeing. 


Demonstrate building design that serve the elderly, those who live with chronic illness, the differently abled population, and those with differing learning or intellectual capacities.