How the Pandemic is Shifting Designer Focus to Healthcare

Read about ways the profession is morphing, along with the rest of the world.
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Learning Objectives:

  1. List two ways the global pandemic is affecting architecture firms
  2. Describe the team that was assembled to rapidly evaluate and design new beds for hospital sites.
  3. Explain two strategies of the Airborne Infection Isolation standard
  4. Discuss the long-term repercussions of the pandemic for the design of office space


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Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of everyone’s lives. For architects this may mean jumping in to create rapid designs to treat the sick or rethinking their in-progress designs to better account for occupant health.

How Is Coronavirus Affecting Architecture Firms?
Shifting travel policies have slowed progress for many U.S. architecture firms doing business globally.
Deane Madsen

Planned for a Pandemic: Rush University Medical Center Tower by Perkins and Will
Learn how this building, conceived after the 9/11 attacks and subsequent anthrax terrorism, is performing during the pandemic.
James S. Russell, FAIA

How to Deliver Thousands of COVID-19 Rooms in Weeks
This article describes how this rapid response team brainstormed creative solutions to a tough challenge.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Designers Weigh Strategies for COVID-19 Isolation Rooms
ASHRAE has published a COVID-19 guidance document offering various ways to manage air flow in airborne infection isolation treatment rooms.
Nadine M. Post

Pandemic Shifts Profession’s Focus to Health Care
In anticipation of the next pandemic, firms are making plans to adapt hospitals to better manage such an unpredictable contagion.
James S. Russell, FAIA

MASS Design Offers Guidance for Adapting Hospitals on the Fly
This non-profit was tasked with protecting health workers on the front lines as rooms and suites were drastically transformed.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Architects Advise Clients on Safely Reopening Offices
With enormous pressure to restart the economy and reopen businesses closed by the COVID-19 pandemic, architects are considering how best to help their clients.
James S. Russell, FAIA


photo ©️James Steinkamp

Perkins and Will designed the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response to handle an unexpected surge of patients.


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Originally published in July 2020