The pandemic has fundamentally shifted the reasons we want to meet in shared spaces, whether it be a school, office, or retail establishment. We want destinations to gather, to collaborate in, to have intentional in-person contact – but we recognize that life isn’t going to look the same having collectively experienced the upending realities of COVID-19. Beyond the concept of “safely returning to…” we are seeing a perspective shift that spaces will now be crafted around safely and flexibly interacting as the main objective. For those pondering the future of educational design, the question begs, “What can we learn from the future of the workplace environment?”
Workplaces have historically been focused on flexibility (changes in tenants, equipment, or collaboration styles), but what are today’s industry leaders and tech giants already looking at to anticipate future possibilities? Beginning with a commitment to agility, we’ll hear how occupant wellbeing is playing a role in the design of workplace environments, and how that can directly relate to school design to emerge post-pandemic with plans to innovate and collaborate, not just react to the sterile, utilitarian needs to plan for the unknown. Through the application of research findings, we can work to create where learners, collaborators, and co-creators are inspired and engaged.
1. Learn of the interior design decisions changing in workplace environments and how that is impacting safe, flexible interaction, and be able to draw comparisons to K-12 learning environments.
2. Learn strategies being used to track the health of space and provide transparency by sharing meaningful building data.
3. Learn about tools and certifications for sustainable and WELL health/safety ratings as it pertains to design for holistic occupant comfort.
4. Learn how designs for safety can create environments for welcoming, reassuring, and engaging experiences to support social, emotional learning and student and employee engagement.
Jeremy Reding, AIA, WELL AP, Global Workplace Leader | Principal DLR Group
Jeremy is an innovative designer and architect who cares about both the big picture and intricate details of each and every project. His approach to design is rooted in the holistic exploration of a given environment, program, or brand through every scale and detail. Jeremy’s inspiration is derived from sources including land art, travel, biomimicry, and client interaction. His background includes projects for public and private clients alike including workplace, K-12, and Justice+Civic.
Lisa Johnson, FAIA, LEED AP, K-12 Education Leader | Principal, DLR Group
Lisa is the leader of DLR Group’s Northwest K-12 practice. With over 25 years of professional experience, she has focused primarily on the planning and design of K-12 and higher education facilities. Her passion for leading and managing community involvement during the design process compels the subsequent design to embody the very essence of the community that it serves. Through the framework of a collaborative approach, Lisa ensures exceptional service and high-quality design.
Abbey Cwiek-Garrett, NCIDQ, WELL AP, DLR Group
Abbey has worked on diverse projects for school districts, colleges and universities, municipalities, and private companies. As an integral design leader, Abbey ensures projects stay true to their concept, goals, and program. She loves using "people-derived" data to create interior spaces in which individuals can succeed. Balancing function and form, Abbey focuses on the details that bring together a successful space while supporting the voices of stakeholders through her natural problem-solving abilities.