The Future of K-12 Design – Post COVID Consequences and Consideration

Date and Time

Thursday, September 3, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM





COVID-19 is forcing all sectors of the architecture profession to rethink many assumptions, design approaches, and well-trod solutions.

Few design responsibilities weigh heavier with our members than that of creating safe, effective learning spaces for our children and the staff and faculties that serve them. Join leading AIA thought leaders and key clients who are already thinking deeply about the design sensibilities that will be part of the new post-pandemic reality of the profession. This will be a roundtable discussion, but we also want to hear from the audience and incorporate your thoughts as we work through preparing for a Post-COVID design world.

This session is the first in a series about how the pandemic, efforts to address systemic racism, and an evolving stressed economy affect the architecture profession, its clients, and the general public.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will…

  • Learn from noted Georgia AIA architects about the changing preferences, design demands, and priorities from K-12 educational clients and parents as the pandemic and the public’s understanding (correct or not) of its dangers evolve.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and lessons from other sectors, design approaches, and how post-COVID human movement flow considerations will impact how architects create safe, desirable learning spaces in classrooms, school open areas and recreational areas – for schools of all sizes.
  • Learn how key K-12 Clients and Administrators are rethinking their own needs and priorities, and what sorts of changing demands they will make of the profession in the short and long term futures.


James Keeney, NOVA Engineering (moderator)
Nicole Hilton AIA, Cole-Hill Architects
Tracy Carusi AIA, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Jere Smith, Atlanta Public Schools
Carmen Evans AIA, Epsten Group