A humane environment for the elderly should include both awareness of daily and seasonal change and response to beauty. Beauty is defined as the quality which gives pleasure to our aesthetic sense. In architecture this is interpreted as form, colour, texture, use of )materials, proportion and scale. Awareness of daily and seasonal change is enhanced by a climate responsive structure where the inhabitants participate in controlling the comfort of the interior spaces and where they have easy visual and physical access to the outside. This presentation will explore some theoretical issues regarding the combined roles of aesthetics and response to climate in designing spaces which are used by older people. Using slides of a recently completed senior center in Maryland, U.S.A as a case study, we examine some non-verbal responses of the elderly to their environment.