Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings


The pandemic landscape continues to evolve. Vaccines are becoming more widely available and the prospect of returning to a “new” normal life appears to be on the horizon. During the immediate recovery, architects provided a host of strategies to mitigate the risk of transmission. This session addresses lessons learned from these strategies, what they mean for the future of design, and how they can be applied to make America’s buildings more resilient to future threats, especially to keep the economy running.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the latest science and analysis on airborne transmission of COVID-19.
  • Become aware of resources and evolving best practices for reducing transmission of COVID-19.
  • Recognize the factors that contribute to transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria.
  • Learn how to apply disease transmission risk reduction strategies in the built environment.

Featured speakers

Dr. Molly Scanlon, FAIA, FACHA, Environmental and Occupational Health Scientist, Phigenics

Liz York, FAIA, Sr. Advisor for Buildings and Facilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. William P. Bahnfleth, PE, FASHRAE, FASME, FISIAQ, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State

Catherine Bobenhausen, MS, CIH, CSP, AIHA Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, Sr. Consultant, Colden Corporation

Dr. Tracy Hadden Loh, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, BROOKINGS

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