Enhancing Resiliency in our Schools by Designing for Well-being, Safety, and Healing: Washington, D.C. and Beyond

8:30 AM
 10:00 AM 


In today’s schools, students are overwhelmed with academic stress, social-emotional challenges, and navigating a path to post-secondary life. To add to the pressure, our school communities must also deal with fear of mass shootings, neighborhood violence, rising suicide rates, and a myriad of other threats. Join us in a panel that focuses on how architects, educators, and administrators are addressing these challenges head on by designing for well-being, safety, and healing. This discussion will focus on Washington D.C. as a case study, sharing various examples and stories from over two decades of facility modernization. We will highlight that by using an evidence-based approach to design and connections to nature and community, we can enhance resiliency in our youth, strengthen future generations, and the longevity of our neighborhoods. Attendees will hear from Patrick Davis, the Chief Operating Officer at the District of Columbia Public Schools; Dr. Jenny Roe, an environmental psychologist and Director at the Center for Design and Health at the University of Virginia; and, Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, architectural designer with Hord Coplan Macht and the AIA’s inaugural Citizen Architect, recognized for her work on school safety design advocacy.

#1: Analyze safety and security as a part of a holistic and collaborative process that engages many community stakeholders with the purpose of enhancing the educational experience.
#2: Discuss how design can support well-being, safety, and healing to support resiliency in our cities.
#3: Utilize an evidence-based design approach to support learning and student success.
#4: Describe CPTED, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, and apply the theory to practice.

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer, Hord Coplan Macht
Jenine is an architectural designer with over ten years of experience in school design. She serves as Hord Coplan Macht’s safety and security specialist and is recognized nationally for her work on the issue. In 2020, she was named the inaugural “Citizen Architect of the Month,” by the American Institute of Architects. Her expertise has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Education Week and Metropolis Magazine, among others.

Patrick Davis, Chief Operating Officer, District of Columbia Public Schools
Patrick is the Chief Operating Officer at DC Public Schools. Patrick oversees the school facility design and construction program, which has an annual budget of $400 million. As part of the modernization program, Patrick is in charge of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget development, community engagement, educational specification development, design approval, and construction oversight. In addition to the modernization program, Patrick oversees the Facility Management, Sustainability, and Warehouse and Logistics teams.

Jenny Roe, PhD, Director Center for Design + Health, University of Virginia
Dr. Jenny Roe directs the Center for Design & Health at the University of Virginia. She is an environmental psychologist who carries out applied research to show how access to restorative environments in our cities – including urban nature - create and sustain our health and wellbeing. This includes research exploring how student achievement and wellness can be advanced through nature-based learning & nature-based design. https://jennyjroe.com

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