Victor Regnier

Professor of Architecture and Gerontology
University of Southern California School of Architecture

VICTORREGNIER is a teacher, researcher and architect who has focusedhis academic and professional career over the last 40 years on the design ofhousing and community settings for older people. He holds a joint professorshipbetween the USC School of Architecture and the Andrus Gerontology Center--theonly such appointment in North America. He is a fellow of the AmericanInstitute of Architects and the Gerontological Society of America as well asthe former Dean of the School of Architecture at USC. In 2008 he was given thetitle of Distinguished Professor by the Collegiate Schools of Architecture ofNorth America. As a researcher, his work has focused in the last 25 years onnon-institutional alternatives to long-term care for older mentally andphysically frail people. He has published 10 books and monographs on the topicof housing and community care for older people--and is working on #11 whichaddresses housing options for the rapidly growing oldest-old segment ofsociety. As an academic he has directed over 20 research projects dealing withthe behavioral impact of the environment on the mentally and physically frail. Hisdesign research findings have been presented at over 200 professional andscientific conferences as well as more than 100 university lectures and symposia.He has won numerous awards for his research and scholarship that intertwinesdesign, housing policy and care giving strategies. This last year he wasawarded his second Fulbright Scholarship to teach and do research on housingfor the frail elderly in Portugal--his first Fulbright was in northern Europe. As a designer/practicing architect he has provided consultation advice duringthe last 40 years on over 400 building projects in 38 US states, Canada,Germany and England. Projects on which he has consulted have won over 50 stateand national design awards.