Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Elizabeth Lewis

Thesis Professor Department

Interior Architecture

Thesis Reader(s)

Dean Isham


The nature of this essay explores the implementation of research-based design to the senior living concept and showcases how design can improve and empower the lives of our seniors as they hit retirement age. Over the course of the essay, the project will begin as a concept and navigate its way through the design processes until the concept is fully developed as a stand-alone package that speaks for itself. Maidstone Estates is built upon the guidelines of the Green House Project and outlines the mixed-use nature of design involving branding, building code, ADA compliance, universal design, and the three acuity levels of senior living: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. As of now, there are over 371 Green House homes across the country. This essay is designed to utilize the research-based design and implement it into the aesthetic of East Hampton, an area where there is a set standard for architecture and lifestyle, and to show that this model can be used anywhere and transform eldercare across the country and around the world.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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