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Department of Architecture
Co-Director, Institute on
Aging and Environment

University of Illinois-Chicago: B.Arch., 1968
University of Michigan: M.Arch., 1970
University of Michigan: Arch.D., 1980

Teaching Area
Aging and Environment, Design Studio, Design for Health Care, Environment-Behavior studies, Research & Methods, Programming 


Environmental Design Research Association
American Society on Aging
Gerontological Society of America  

Academic and Professional Honors

Progressive Architecture Applied Research Awards 1978, '79, '80, '90, '97
AIA Book Award, 1991
Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1992, 1998
AIA/ACSA Health Facilities Research Award, 1991
American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, 1993
NEA/USA Fellowship, 1993
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 1995
Invited Visiting Professor, Tokyo Inst. of Technology, 2002   


Registered Architect, Israel 

Teaching Experience

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, since 1972
Israel Institute of Technology: Visiting Professor, 1981, 1983-86

Professional Experience

Programming and Design Consultations concerning Special User Groups; projects include over 200 facilities for people with dementia across the USA and Canada. 1975-current.

Research Interests

General issues of aging and environment, with a particular focus on the special needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. The ways in which the environment can respond to these needs through innovative building types, special design features, and accommodation of therapeutic activities and more meaningful life style. The integration of residents' cultural heritage into their care environments.  

Cohen, U. Research-Based Programming and Design: An Approach and a Case Study. In Preiser, W.F.E. (Ed). Professional Practice in Facility Programming. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993.

Cohen, U. and Weisman, G. Holding on to Home: Designing Environments for People with Dementia. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Cohen, U. and Day, K. Contemporary Environments for People with Dementia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

Cohen, U. and Day, K. Emerging Trends in Environments for People with Dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer's Care and Research, Vol. 9, No.7, Jan/Feb. 1994.

Cohen, U. and Weisman, G. Long Term Care Design: National Alzheimer's Design Assistance Project─Promoting Innovation Through Exemplary Settings. Journal of Health Care Design. Vol. IX, 1997, pp. 125-128.

Cohen, U. and Moore, K.D. Integrating Cultural Heritage into Assisted Living Environments. In Schwartz, B. and Brent, R. (Eds.) Aging, Autonomy, and Architecture: Advances in Assisted Living. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Day, K. and Cohen, U. The Role of Culture in Designing Environments for People with Dementia: A Study of Russian Jewish Immigrants. Environment and Behavior. May, 2000.

Research and Creative Activities

Designing Environments for People with Dementia: A Series of Eleven Applied Research Projects Concerning Environments for People with Dementia. Major projects were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Retirement Research Foundation, The Helen Bader Foundation, The Arehstone Foundation, The Alzheimer's Association, the McBeath Foundation, the State of Alaska, and Alaska Commission on Aging.


Director, Center for Architecture & Urban Planning Research, UWM (1991-2003)
Co-Director, Institute on Aging & Environment, UWM
Member, AIA/ACSA Research Council (1993-95)
Member, National Center for Health Care Design, Research Committee
Chair, Coalition for Health Environments Research, Research Committee


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