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November 2020

Jeanne Chen, FAIA was invited to be a juror for the 2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards—This is Hawaii’s oldest design competition held annually since 1958 and recognizes the year’s best

Learn More: 2020 Design Award Winners (

James Mary O'Connor, FAIA, will be presenting a session on November 11th entitled: Moving Beyond COVID-19 — Programming and Designing for School Facilities for more

As we all develop strategies to allow students to return from school, and recognize there is no “silver bullet,” and no two institutions’ solution will be the same, there are five key strategic areas to address: Zoning & Space Planning; Air Handling & Quality; Materials & Infection Control; New Technologies; and Enhanced Graphics. Building on recent experience developing a multi-use facility at Santa Monica High School which stresses long and short term flexibility and adaptive use, Santa Monica-Malibu USD is now embarking on a new phase, focusing on athletics, visual arts and career technical education (CTE). The session will use these two projects as case studies with the ‘Beyond COVID’ design principals above in mind. It will also explore strategies for designing space that can meet both the specific short-term pandemic imposed needs while creating a dynamic facility that will meet the needs of the District for decades to come.


      • Date:Wednesday, November 11
      • Time:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
      • Session Code:ES20WA3
      • Audience:Architects & Designers, Distributors, Educational Institutions
      • Credit:AIA LU, GBCI
      • Learning Objective 1:Become acquainted with the five key strategies for reconfiguring learning spaces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Learning Objective 2:Learn how recent, cutting edge educational projects commissioned by Santa Monica-Malibu USD are being adapted to the health crisis and the imperative to bring students back to school.
      • Learning Objective 3:Gain insight into the multiple perspectives on dynamic programming and planning for flexibility in educational environments.
      • Learning Objective 4:Develop a holistic view of the broad range of factors that contribute to health and safety in PreK-12 learning environments.

Associate Principal Carissa Oyedele, AIA will be speaking at the Annual Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Conference on November 12, 12:45 – 1:45 pm on “Master Planning in the Midst of a Crisis at North Orange County CCD”. She will be joined with Chancellor Marshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities & Finance Fred Williams, and Andrew Perez and Jenny Derry from Brailsford & Dunlavey.

The Phase 3 design plan for SAMOHI, which includes the Gold Gymnasium and Exploration Building, was revealed in the Santa Monica Daily Press.. The Phase 3 buildings are scheduled to be ready for fall 2023.

Co-Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell

Architect of Record/ Co-Design Architect: HED

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Congratulations to Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis for being ranked as the #1 MBA Entrepreneurship Program by Inc. magazine for the second year in a row! The ranking looks at 10 categories including the number of recently established startups by students and alumni and more.

Architect of Record/ Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Associate Architect: Mackey Mitchell

Learn more here.