Alexis Denton


"I always knew I would be an architect, but I never expected to fall madly in love with senior living."

Alexis has a passion: to “make aging cool,” and she’s already making a mark. With dual master’s degrees in architecture and gerontology, she brings a holistic approach to designing senior living environments. She has worked on numerous senior-focused communities, and serves on the AIA Design for Aging Advisory Group. “People have an image of what senior living looks like, so I love showing them how fantastic those communities can be,” she says. “There’s a huge potential to do innovative and meaningful work.” Alexis almost became a university professor. “I found nothing more fun than being challenged by students,” she says. “Their questions made me think very differently and solidify my opinions about environmental gerontology.” She describes her work style as “kind of like playing baseball. There’s a lot of casual thinking and collaborating as a team, followed by short bursts of individual intensity. When you’re up to bat, it’s on.”

Healthcare Interiors, Senior Living

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects (AIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

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Community Involvement

Alexis was a panelist at SmithGroupJJR’s "The ADA at 25" event. This celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) explored how the civil rights legislation has changed lives and impacted design. Alexis stood out among a distinguished panel, articulating the value of accessibility. “It’s about going beyond making things usable to making things that help us improve performance and create a joyful experience for everyone,” she said. Alexis has also passionately advocated for increased education and awareness among architects and clients in order to continue the advancement of universal design.

Community Involvement