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Designing the Future: A Seven-Part Series

June 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT

Free – $100


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AIA|LA presents…
Designing the Future: A Seven-Part Series

A series of virtual panel discussions
In light of lessons learned from our ongoing pandemic crisis, this series of panel discussions will explore how architects & designers can quickly adapt to the market demands and societal shifts that will occur as we adjust to living, working, and staying healthy in our built environment. The objective of this series will be to learn new ideas, innovations, and best-practices that will serve as a value-add to the architecture profession to help make our built and natural environments healthier, more equitable, and resilient.

Part I: The Workplace – Thurs 6/11 (8am PST)
Part II: Schools and Educational Facilities – Thurs 6/25 (8am PST)
Part III: Healthcare Facilities – Thurs 7/2 (8am PST)
Part IV: Transit & Mobility – Thurs 7/16 (8am PST)
Part V: Parks & Open Space – Thurs 7/30 (8am PST)
Part VI: Multi-family Residential – Thurs 8/13 (8am PST)
Part VII: Hospitality – Thurs 8/27 (8am PST)


Part II: Schools and Educational Facilities – Thurs 6/25 (8am PST)

Peter Barsuk, AIA, LEED® AP, DBIAGovernment & Defense Leader, Principal, Gensler
Jay Deshmukh, M.ARCH, OAA, MRAICAssociate, Architecture, Global Learning+ Studio – IBI GROUP
Peter Hendrickson, AIAAssociate Vice Chancellor, Design and Construction, UCLA Capital Programs
Helena Jubany, FAIAPrincipal, NAC Architecture
Scott P. Kelsey, FAIAManaging Principal, CO Architects

Prospective Questions:

  • What are the social equity impacts we need to be mindful as we respond to the pandemic, physical distancing, and more “hybrid” online learning programs?
  • How do you ensure our schools are safe for re-entry? (best-practices)
  • How do you differentiate between the short term reactionary efforts and substantial, long-term design implications?
  • With some many embarking on the world’s largest online learning pilot program – how do we implement these findings?
  • How will all of this impact the space needs assessment for clients?
  • What are the opportunities for more multi-use facilities and how will compatibility of uses be mitigated?

Discussion topics will include:

+ Substantial changes, both in design and in the way schools function day-to-day, that must be made for students to practice physical distancing, as well as, best-practices for hybrid class schedules that involve a mix of classroom and online learning.

+ The policies and protocols needed to protect students, faculty and staff, as they relate to instruction, transportation, screening, recreation, meals, and general sanitation.

+ The provisions to ensure that ventilation systems and fans operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors and other methods. Central air filtration will need to be optimized for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and steps must be taken to ensure that all water systems and features are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown.

Part III: Healthcare Facilities – Thurs 7/2 (8am PST)

Bonnie Khang-KeatingVice President, Los Angeles/ San Diego Office Director, SmithGroup
Jason Schroer, AIA, ACHA, LEED APDirector of Health, Principal, HKS
Bryan Langlands, AIA, FACHA, EDAC, LEED GAPrincipal, NBBJ

Part IV: Transit & Mobility – Thurs 7/16 (8am PST)

Moderated by:  R. Steven Lewis – FAIA, NOMAC

Tamika L. Butler, Esq.Director of Planning for California & Director of Equity and Inclusion, Toole Design
Neil BrookerChief Operations Officer, BMW Group Designworks
KeAndra D. Cylear DoddsExecutive Officer, Equity and Race, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, LA Metro
Jordan Goldstein, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED APGlobal Director of Design, Gensler
Moshik Mah, AIA, LEED APDesign Principal, Architect, HDR
Nicholas de MonchauxProfessor and incoming Head of Architecture (June 1-), MIT

Part V: Parks & Open Space – Thurs 7/30 (8am PST)

Moderated by:  Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, NOMAC, LEED AP

Matthew ClarkeExecutive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED APLandscape Architect, Managing Studio Director, RCH STUDIOS
Alma Du SolierStudio Director, Hood Design Studio
Mia Lehrer, FASLAPresident, STUDIO-MLA
Sara Jensen Carr, PhDAssistant Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape & Program Director, Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments, School of Architecture, Northeastern University

Part VI: Multi-family Residential – Thurs 8/13 (8am PST)

David Baker, FAIA, LEED APPrincipal, David Baker Architects
Julie Eizenberg, FAIAFounding Principal, KoningEizenberg
Karin Liljegren, FAIAPrincipal + Founder, Omgivning

Part VII: Hospitality – Thurs 8/27 (8am PST)

Tarrah Beebe, AIASenior Associate, KFA
Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, NCARBFounding Principal & President, Rottet Studio

More Speakers TBD


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June 25, 2020
8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT
Free – $100
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