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GBA Emerging Professional Event: Design and Construction After COVID-19

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The sudden arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a fundamental design standard shift focused on interventions to mitigate the spread of airborne viruses, the effects of which will be channeled into architecture, engineering and construction practices for years to come. In this new normal, the concepts of health and wellness take on new meaning in the built environment. It is clear that as designers and builders of physical spaces that people interact with and are exposed to, there is an imperative to rethink design and construction as public health solutions to pandemics. Hear from fellow Emerging Professionals and other community members in the architecture, engineering and construction industries about important trends and changes that they see as integral to the future of the built environment and its design.


Alex Co, International Living Future Institute

Laleh Gharanjik, Jendoco Construction Corporation

Simona Loberant, Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Krupa Patel, Buro Happold

Roberto Vega Peralta, ae7

Amanda Tharp, GBBN

AJ Walsh, Buro Happold


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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19


During the COVID-19 quarantines, it feels like everything has been put on hold, including public displays of climate activism. Based on what we know from previous global pandemics, massive recessions, and world wars, what can we anticipate for climate action after COVID-19? Our discussion will be based on Rebecca Solnit’s article, “’The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope,” and how although we can’t anticipate everything, there is some promise moving forward.

Read Rebecca Solnit’s article “‘The impossible has already happened’: What coronavirus can teach us about hope” HERE: 



The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic, which will lead into a guided discussion. There will be a summary of the reading, so don’t feel like you need to read it to participate in the conversation. The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.


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This event encompasses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

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