HMC Architects’ Principal in Charge Sylvia Wallis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC and Design Principal James Krueger, AIA, NCARB discuss Planning for Flexibility: Student-Centered Learning in a Post-COVID World as part of the 2020 Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition. Wallis and Krueger are joined by Jema Estrella, director of the Division of Facilities and Construction, L.A. County Office of Education in this live Zoom session where they explore ways to strengthen student-centered learning while ensuring a safe environment, both online and in-person.

The topic is also featured in the cover story of HMC’s Fall 2020 issue of School News.

Emphasizing the need for flexibility to respond to changing conditions due to the pandemic, the panel will share:

  • Tools to prepare facilities for re-opening for safety and enhanced learning outcomes
  • The science behind recommended architectural and HVAC upgrades
  • A framework for learning in times of pandemic that facilitates collaboration and discovery

The panel concludes with a look at a pilot project under development by HMC and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to enhance learning outcomes through a cost-effective kit of parts for student-centered outdoor learning environments.

The 2020 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit is a forum for school leaders to share how they are addressing these challenges, including ways that the current crisis might be providing unanticipated opportunities for progress.

View Wallis’ full School News article, “COVID-19: Teaching and Learning Effectively During a Pandemic”

For more information or to register for this event, visit the conference’s website.

Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Place: Online