Making a Plan to Return

Learn how to adapt open offices built for collaboration and high-touch social interaction for re-opening.


As we contemplate a return to the spaces that were temporarily shuttered in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of how to adapt open offices built for collaboration and high-touch social interaction is at the forefront of many businesses. This course will explore design considerations that Architecture Firms need to take into consideration as they ready their workplaces to re-open to their employees. Using the Office Re-Entry plan of Bergmeyer, a Boston and LA based design collaborative as a case study, we will discuss strategies for physically preparing spaces and psychologically supporting teams as they contemplate and actualize a return to the office environment. This will include steps for planning and preparing the office, establishing daily cleaning procedures and physical distancing protocols, communications and graphic signage best practices, preparing your staff for new expected social norms, and tips for adapting on the fly.

This session was recorded at the AIAU Live Event Reopening safely: Guidance for architecture firms (July 2020)

Learning objectives

  • Analyze Bergmeyer’s Office Re-Entry Plan as a case study in safe workplace re-entry
  • Explore re-entry best practices and lessons learned, including those that address physical and psychological support for teams
  • Identify the first/next steps in your re-entry planning
  • Apply real-life strategies and processes to develop your own workplace re-entry plan
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
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    Rachel Zsembery


    Vice President | Bergmeyer, Boston|Los Angeles

    Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, directs design and strategy teams that research, develop and...