DiMella Shaffer is known for pushing the boundaries of senior living design. We believe that design that supports the older adult is inclusive and supportive to all ages. In this role you will work collaboratively as a part of a dynamic team delivering outstanding design and technical expertise in our Senior Living practice. Our diverse practice includes new construction and renovations of Life Plan Communities/CCRCs, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Affordable Housing. Our team is responsible for balancing innovation, creativity, quality, and functionality while working to exceed client goals, providing an environment that enhances the lives of the older adult. Through design, management, detailing, and communication, the Senior Living Designer / Planner will help create exceptional and impactful Senior Living environments.    

DiMella Shaffer could be right for you if:    

  • You have strong conceptual Senior Living design skills including Independent Living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.   
  • You have a strong understanding of the technical parameters of Senior Living and the experience to execute those projects.  
  • You understand senior living interior design guidelines as it relates to designing for people’s independence and well-being.    
  • You are familiar with the regulatory requirements for different care levels.   
  • You are passionate about Senior Living and the impact it can have on people’s lives.   
  • You are eager to design high-performance environments for older adults.     
  • You are excited to use your knowledge to mentor younger peers and staff.     
  • You can produce high-quality design and project documentation.     
  • You have experience working independently.    



  • 8-10 years of experience in planning and designing Senior Living projects  
  • Degree in architecture 
  • Ability to lead consultant coordination
  • Knowledge of codes as they pertain to project scope    
  • A desire to manage and mentor junior staff 
  • Willingness and ability to travel 



  • Collaborate with senior project designers to initiate and develop design efforts on all types of senior living projects
  • Work with project teams to develop initial concepts into design solutions  
  • Conduct design research to inform creative solutions for senior living
  • Participate in design presentations to clients
  • Develop presentations and contribute speaking engagements at both local and national conferences  
  • Willingness and ability to travel for work


Things we value, but are not required:    

  • Architectural Registration or within two years of hire (we are happy to help you get there) 
  • Knowledge of zoning regulations and general permitting process 
  • LEED, WELL, or Passive House certification a plus  
  • Advanced understanding of Revit    
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling, visualization, and graphics software a plus 


DiMella Shaffer is curious about you:    

  • Who/What is your biggest influence?    
  • How do you like to spend your time outside of work?    
  • What do you hope to achieve or learn?    
  • Why did you choose a career in senior living design?    


DiMella Shaffer is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EOE) employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply!   

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