Senior Associate, Higher Education Practice Perkins&Will Boston, Massachusetts
The COVID19 Pandemic demands a rethinking of society's organization and function including physical impacts on us as design practitioners? Urban Design: Perception of "public realm" has been transformed by the pandemic. What insights will re-focus our energy to a more resilient, human centered social infrastructure? Health Care: Lessons from New England’s immediate &post peak epidemic responses including “loose fit” / multi-use spaces to address surge capacity. What else informs thinking about next generation facility planning – flexibility/relocation of office &administrative spaces, drive up testing, reuse of existing non-medical facilities, etc. Higher Education: Reimagining how campuses convert facilities for emergency response – including dormitory to hotel for first responders or post-acute care hospitals; and athletic facilities into support flex areas. Workplace Strategy: Roadmap for return: lessons learned during phased approach to workplace reoccupancy: recalibrated spaces, expanded remote work, pivot operationally, driving behavior changes and digital communities in our new era.
Understand how the design, occupancy and utilization of public spaces are influenced by the science of transmission, contagion, and infection.
Understand the planning and operational opportunities and constraints of 21st century hospital and clinic planning.
Understand the opportunities and constraints governing the use and reuse of academic/higher education facilities for emergency functions.
Use and apply experience based, best practices governing interior workplace planning and design to maintain safety, social distancing, for the modern workplace.