The Intersection of Design and Current Events: The Urgency of Now

Architects address the current issues of diversity and COVID-19
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the charge of the ASHRAE task force.
  2. List one way that AIA members can help advise during the pandemic.
  3. Explain how the dean of the USC School of Architecture views the profession.
  4. Describe what the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design is asking designers to do.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course is part of the Healthcare Academy

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 design profession is right in the middle of the both the pandemic crisis and the racial injustice and disparity issues that are currently in the public discourse. In this course, you will read the words of several architecture school deans as they address the lack of diversity in the profession. And while architects are involved in the design of facilities needed immediately to treat COVID-19 patients, they are also brainstorming the future, including new codes and best practices in healthcare design.

Health Care Designers Educate, Advise, Warn During COVID-19 Crisis
Healthcare designers are in action, responding to the COVID-19 epidemic, but at the same time are looking beyond the immediate crisis.
Nadine M. Post

Architecture School Deans Speak to the 'Urgency of Now'
Read these public statements from some of the nation’s leading architectural schools.



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Originally published in July 2020