Beyond Distance Learning and Hybrid Models

Better learning environments through COVID
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Vectorworks, Inc.
Presented by Chad Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C ALEP and Amy Fisher AIA LEED AP BD+C ALEP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how core educational values are affected in the age of COVID constraints on schools.
  2. Identify impediments to educational change, and how COVID affect them.
  3. Learn how COVID constraints affect students with different learning modalities.
  4. Review spaces that improve learning environments in a socially distanced school.


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NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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Restarting schools can be a catalyst to help us refocus our educational values – to engage students, teach relevant 21st century skills, and expand our ideas of teaching to encompass lifelong learning in the workforce. Remote learning and socially distanced classrooms are only the first steps to re-start education. How can design of school facilities meet the demands of new programs and pedagogy in the age of COVID? This webinar will examine how social distancing can foster new ways of structuring student activities inside and outside the classroom; how to serve students with differing learning preferences; and how new ideas about how to deliver the curriculum can improve teaching outcomes.

Beyond Distance

Photo courtesy of Burlingame Intermediate School from Hamilton + Aitken Architects


Chad Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C ALEP – Principal, Hamilton + Aitken Architects has made design for education his focus for over twenty-five years. He is fascinated by the way different people learn, which motivates him as he leads diverse clients and user groups through the complexities of designing facilities for 21st-century learning. In addition to leading the design of educational facilities at Hamilton + Aitken Architects, Chad has served on advisory boards for the Collaborative for High Performing Schools and the California Division of the State Architect, and advised on the development of the California Green Building Code. He is an Accredited Learning Environments Planner of the Association for Learning Environments, and accredited by the United States Green Building Council in sustainable building design and construction. With his firm, he has won numerous design awards, including an AIA Honor award for the design of the Maritime Center, a charter school.


Amy Fisher AIA LEED AP BD+C ALEP, Architect, Hamilton + Aitken Architects Everyone knows that education is central to a better future. What requires more thought is how to design the educational system to ensure a better future. As a designer, planner, and architect, Amy focuses her work on understanding how the built educational environment can support curriculum delivery as part of the emerging 21st-century educational system. Her work includes a $27 million dollar middle school modernization that focuses on maximizing the collaborative educational space within the building envelope. Amy has recently led the faculty and staff through a stakeholder engagement process for programming and planning a series of lecture halls, auditoriums and a mock court at UC Berkeley. Previously, she has spoken about strategies to transition existing school buildings to zero net energy as part of the Division of the Start Architects 7x7x7 discussion series.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.


Originally published in September 2020