The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted standard processes surrounding how we educate students at every level. This spring, all schools, colleges, and universities were ordered to transition to a virtual platform by the Ohio Department of Health out of concern for the safety of the students, their families, educators, and administrative personnel. As we enter the summer of 2020, the effects of the pandemic have not disappeared, and we remain concerned about an uncertain future. Current policy and protocols for how we interface with the current educational environment need to be reshaped, and our local and statewide leaders need valuable information to inform pressing decisions.

AIA Ohio is interested in rallying architecture students, emerging professionals, and experienced architects to explore alternate solutions for K-12 and higher education facilities which will help administrators prepare for students returning to in-person classes.  Policymakers may be able to consider these innovative solutions to influence their plans and justify resource allocation to transform our educational environments and improve school safety.

Timeline

Monday, May 18 – Call for Participation/Registration Opens – When you register, you will receive via email a copy of the Design for Safety Charrette Guidelines

Tuesday, June 2 – Initial Programming Session – at this session, information from school administrators, university planning representatives and experts will be shared. Criteria from this session will be compiled into a Program document which will outline the top challenges that need to be addressed.

June 2-12 – Independent concept development

Friday, June 12 – Charrette Session

Monday, June 15 – Teams are formed from submitted concepts/further concept development

Friday, June 26 – Final Presentations