SEATTLE — Architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman has hired John Shoesmith as principal in its Seattle studio and is now a part of the firm’s international senior living practice.
With more than 30 years of experience, Shoesmith’s work involves the full continuum of senior living including active adult, life plan communities, assisted living, long-term care environments and intergenerational communities.
Shoesmith became interested in design for aging after witnessing his grandmother’s struggle with dementia. His observations about how the environment could be both an asset and an obstacle in her care compelled him to dedicate his career to elevating the standard in design for aging and memory care. His advocacy and participation with nonprofit organizations and working groups, including the Facilities Guideline Institute, have helped establish policy and recommendations at the industry-wide level for the planning, design and construction of senior living and healthcare facilities.