Who we are

We are design experts on age-friendly experiences. Founded in Columbus, Ohio by design researchers, our backgrounds in graphic and interior design are also strengthened by university-based research specializing in aging issues.  The Center for Inclusive Aging and Design Research is a small team of experts that is backed by industry leaders in design research, healthcare, and education.

We want well-researched data to empower decision-makers. And we believe that design-based research activities lead to actionable information. This perspective differentiates The Center from others researching, finding solutions, or providing training on the effects of aging and inclusive design.

Our leadership

Adam Fromme, Principal

adam@ciadr.com 

Adam Fromme holds a BS in Visual Communication Design and an MFA in Design Research and Development (with a specialization in Aging) both from the Department of Design at The Ohio State University.

As co-founder of The Center for Inclusive Aging and Design Research he works to research, understand, and address age-related design needs. His experience designing with older adults has led to co-authoring the book “How to Start a Conversation on Driving, Mobility, and Aging” and developing “The Age-friendly Evaluation of Public Places” tool.

He continues to teach at Ohio State in both the Department of Design and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also has substantive experience presenting at regional and international conferences, sharing research with academics, practitioners, and fellow designers.

Adam is also an active hiker with his wife and three children. They are set on exploring the entire US National Park system, having visited over 80 (of the 400+) park sites.

Emily Valentine, Principal

emily@ciadr.com

Emily Valentine (formerly Bell) is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s MFA Design Research and Development program where she also received a specialization in Aging. She also holds a BS in Interior Design and a Business Administration minor from High Point University.

She co-founded The Center for Inclusive Aging and Design Research where she researches and addresses design-related needs of the aging population. Her research has focused on senior living, lighting, and older adults’ experiences of their environments. She has been published in design journals and presented at numerous academic and professional design and aging conferences.

Emily lectures at Ohio State in the Department of Design’s Foundations curriculum and has guest lectured for the department’s Interior Design courses and for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

On her down time, you can find Emily with her husband cooking, baking, and taking walks with their dog.

Key collaborators

The Center for Inclusive Aging and Design Research’s efforts originated at The Ohio State University  (Columbus, Ohio). Several faculty members continue to serve as advisors, from the Department of Design: Professors Elizabeth B-N Sanders, PhD; Paul Nini; and Peter Chan, PhD; and from the School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences: Dr. Monica Robinson, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA.

Recent works

Publications

“Light’s Impact on Color, Materials, and People’s Preferences” 
Matheny, R., and Bell, E. 2018. The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design 12(2): 41-49.

“An Exploratory Lighting Study on the Effects of Correlated Color Temperature in Senior Living” 
Bell, E. 2018. Unpublished Thesis: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1523539636787946

“Co-designing with Older Adults to Create an Age-friendly Evaluation Tool for Public Places” 
Fromme. A., 2018. Unpublished Thesis: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu152406532908789

“Driving Home Design Research: A Collaborative Design Case Study for Developing Positive Parking Experiences on a University Campus” 
Fromme, A., and Chan, P., PhD. 2017. International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference–re:research. Cincinnati, OH. Paper: https://scholar.uc.edu/concern/articles/9w032300g?locale=en

“Exploring the Next Urban Condition” 
Fromme, A., and Haase, J. 2017. 12th European Academy of Design Conference–Design for Next. Rome, Italy. Paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352985

“How to Start a Conversation on Driving, Mobility, and Aging” 
Fromme, A.; Alexander, G.; Allen, C.; Moore, M.; Roth, B.; Willard, J.; Ardiyanto; and Shah, T. 2017. Self-published in print. PDF edition:  https://design.osu.edu/6400drivingbook

Presentations

“The Four Pillars of Age-friendly Design”
Fromme, A. 2018. Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) Annual Conference. Louisville, KY.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) approved: National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, and National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

“Lighting’s Influence on Older Adults”
Bell, E. 2018. Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) Annual Conference. Louisville, KY.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) approved: National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, and National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

“Engage Place to Engage People”
Bell, E.; Bryan, M.; Eyink, K.; Fromme, A.; and Matheney, R. 2018. 7th Annual Innovate Conference: Forward. Columbus, Ohio.

“Designing with Light and Materials to Create Engaging Spaces for the Baby Boom Generation”
Matheny, R. and Bell, E. Ohio Association of Senior Centers, Columbus, OH

“Lighting for Senior Living: A Study of Older Adults’ Perceptions of Color Temperature”
Bell, E.  2017. Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference, Boston, MA

“How to Use Universal Principles to Support Older Adults in Public Places”
Fromme, A. 2017. Universal Design Summit 6–Inclusive Communities: Housing & Public Spaces. St. Louis, MO.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) approved: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, American Society of Interior Designers, and American Institute of Architects  

“Why Motivations Matter More than Measurements: How Design Thinking Can Inform Future Experiences for an Aging Population”
Fromme, A. 2017. Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB) joint meeting with the International Association of Physiological Anthropology (IAPA) Symposium:Human Biology of Climate Change. Loughborough, UK.

“Public Space Design for an Aging Society”
Fromme, A. 2017. Optimal Aging Conference. Louisville, KY.

“The Process of Exploring the Next Urban Condition”
Fromme, A. 2017. Design Incubation–Colloquium 3.3. Kent, OH.