Buildings that Breathe: Healthy Design in a Post-Pandemic World

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Presented by Malene Hjortsø Kyndesen, Florian Idenburg, and Sophia Razzaque, AIA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify sustainable and mainly low-tech design solutions that can minimize the transmission of airborne diseases within buildings.
  2. Illustrate ways to safely create or occupy indoor and outdoor spaces within dense urban centers in the midst of a pandemic.
  3. Pinpoint architectural elements across building types where improved design will have the most impact on reducing disease spread.
  4. Discuss how sustainable building practices contribute to battling the climate crisis, and, in turn, pandemics themselves.


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There is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has upended our lives. What is less clear is the impact the pandemic will have on our built environment. Short term fixes like plexiglass barriers and touchless entries and elevators don’t begin to address the underlying issues of a world out of whack—the pandemic itself the result of irreparable damage to natural ecosystems.

Can this be a transformational moment for the design of our buildings and cities? How can the architectural profession effect real change in creating healthy and sustainable spaces for humans while minimizing harm to the environment? This course offers a return to basic principles, showcasing projects shaped by access to light and air, and a meaningful connection to their contexts, whether city or nature. The panelists—leaders in firms in the U.S. and Europe—will present examples in both warm- and cold-weather climates, completed and under construction, that offer simple lessons not just for improving indoor air quality or building more sustainably, but for recalibrating our response to the crisis.

Malene Hjortsø Kyndesen, Partner, has been employed at Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter since 2002 and was appointed partner in 2020. She is engaged in architecture’s role in a larger global perspective and her curiosity drives the development processes of the projects she is heading to great results. She has gained valuable experience from both master planning projects as well as high profiled education and cultural projects. She has a solid experience within the development of projects in early design stages. Concurrently she is experienced as lead architect showing her ability to create strong visions and maintaining the ideas all the way through to completed projects.

Florian Idenburg, Principal, SO–IL is a principal of New York-based SO–IL, whose projects include the Kukje Gallery in Seoul and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at University of California, Davis. Florian has a strong intuition for the orchestration of form, material, and light, and he enjoys developing projects to a level where those elements become places for people to experience and use. Florian combines a hands-on approach with a theoretical drive. A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and Princeton University.

Sophia Razzaque, AIA is an Associate and one of the leaders of the Austin office of Lake|Flato Architects. Previously, she worked at Cook + Fox Architects in New York, Zaha Hadid Architects in London, and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin. Designing buildings in urban cities around the world influenced her return to her Austin roots to contribute to the city’s vibrant renewal. With a broad community project portfolio and knowledge of regional context, Sophia meets diverse program requirements while creating spaces that feel meaningful and tied to their particular place. She is helping to establish a new NOMA Central Texas chapter to ensure minorities have the resources and mentorship needed to continue in the profession.


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Originally published in November 2020