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Re-Imagining School Design:
Adaptation & Transformation of Healthy Learning Environments
April 9, 16, 23 & 30

AIANYS in collaboration with NYS School Facilities Association presents a four-part webinar series addressing key areas
of adapting and transforming school design by examining past and present design best practices and explore ways to leverage existing
or new buildings to create healthy learning environments.

The series will discuss how to elevate the role of design in the creation of these environments through innovative
best practices and science-based metrics. The program was set in motion to heighten awareness and focus on adapting design,
build, renovation and transform schools for the betterment of its users and the community.

Target Audience:
Architects, Facilities Directors, Contractors, Engineers, School Administrators
(superintendents, principals, teachers, business officials, school board members)

Registration Fees
AIA Member: $40/person/webinar or $125/person for entire series
Non-Member: $65/person/webinar or $200/person for entire series

 Continuing Education Credit
Each webinar will be submitted for AIA CES credit.

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Contact Michael Cocca at or (518) 449-3334 to reserve your space!

Schedule & Registration

Part 1: Creating a Healthy Environment-Best Practices on Improving Air Quality, Light and Wellness
April 9 – 9:00am-12:00pm

A. Global Perspective on Environmental and Spatial Design Best Practices (9:00am-10:30am)
Based on their collective, actual experience and research, Christine Bruckner, FAIA, and Greg James, PhD, will share their expertise in sustainability and wellness in design. They will also discuss the value of using building energy modeling and simulation to improve air quality and energy conservation in projects. Participants will be encouraged to share their solutions, experiences, and successes.

Moderator: Illya Azaroff, FAIA, AIANYS President

Christine Bruckner, FAIA, Director, M Mosher Associates
Gregory James, PhD, CEA, Associate/Project Manager, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

B. Local Perspective: What Does the Day-to-Day Operation Look Like (10:30am-12:00pm)
Our program panelists will discuss the current and future implementation efforts based on the experiences of the recent pandemic. Participants will share and discuss their ideas on how to move forward. A three-legged stool analogy of dealing with scheduling, technology and space will be used to focus the discussion on what districts are facing currently and in the future.

Moderator: Illya Azaroff, FAIA, AIANYS President

Program Panel:
Tom Ferrara, PE, Director of Facilities III, Syracuse City School District
Tom Ritzenthaler, AIA, Vice President, CSArch
Ann Rolland, FAIA, Partner, FXCollaborative
Christopher Gray, Project Executive, Turner Construction


Part 2: Design Structure-What Will Schools Look Like?
April 16 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, FAIA, will facilitate the panel in an exploration of what schools will look like in the post-pandemic world and beyond. The discussion will begin with a discussion on a number of broad themes that will impact the design of our schools from a national perspective. The particular focus will be on the enhancement of the learning environment using learner-centered design and how to develop a collaborative approach involving educators, architects, teachers, facilities directors, and other stakeholders. Panelists will then discuss the implementation opportunities and threats of these broad themes in New York State. Further discussions will include the importance of heating and cooling, natural light and ventilation, how best address code and compliance issues now and in the future and identifying technology best practices and how to best integrate them into the design.

Moderator: Kelly Hayes McAlonie, FAIA, Director of Campus Planning, University at Buffalo

Keynote Presentation: Next Generation School Design
Ron Bogle, Honorary AIA, Founder & President, National Design Alliance & Team Leader, Reimagine America’s Schools

Erkin Özay, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
and author of “Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School”

Program Panel:
Sarah Dirsa, AIA, Principal, KG+D Architects
James Drew, AIA, Health & Safety Coordinator, TST BOCES
Dr. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent, Shenendehowa CSD
Tom Rauscher, FCSI, President, Archi-Technology, LLC
Paul McDonnell, AIA, Vice President of Education, AIANYS
Jeffrey Straub, AIA, LEED Fellow, Principal | Studio Director, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates & AIAPA School Construction Subcommittee Chair


Part 3: School Safety-Looking Beyond the Hardware
April 23 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Hardware and technology utilized by schools joined with design are necessary to maintain a safe educational environment. Our panel of experts will focus on design solutions to evaluate what is happening now and holistically plan space to ensure safety moving forward. They will demonstrate how architects, school administrators, facilities directors and law enforcement can best work together to create a sense of belonging and emotional security for students.

Moderator: Tom Czyz, CEO/Founder, Armoured One

Program Panel
Craig A. Vedder, Technical Sergeant, Project Coordinator, School and Community Outreach Unit, NYS Trooper
Kevin Eberle, EdD, Principal, Buffalo Public Schools
Dr. Andrew Petsche, NYS Licensed Psychologist and NYS Certified School Psychologist
Kirk Narburgh, FAIA, CEO/Managing Partner, King + King Architects
Carl Thurnau, PE, Director of Facilities, The School District of New Rochelle


Part 4: Where Do We Go from Here?
April 30 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Building off Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the Re-Imagining School Design series as the centerpiece for this discussion, the panel will have an open dialogue on the successes achieved by the group. It will examine the increased importance of school facilities in the community and how to best maintain the buildings effectively.

Moderator: Paul McDonnell, AIA, AIANYS Vice President of Education

Program Panel
Michael Nieminen, FAIA, Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects & Chair of AIA Committee on Architecture for Education
Matt Erwin, Director of Facilities, North Syracuse CSD
Russ Davidson, FAIA, President, KG+D Architects

Review Speaker Biographies

Contact Molly Bibisi, Associate Director of Education, with any questions.
(518) 449-3334 

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