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A New Frontier for School Planning
September 30

A New Frontier for School Planning:
Designing for Resiliency, Safety, & Well-being in the Wake of COVID-19

The American Institute of Architects of Long Island and Northern Virginia in collaboration with Nassau BOCES invite you to a jointly hosted webinar that explores a new frontier of strategic educational planning and the role of design-thinking to support schools.

There is no debate that reopening schools is a critical step towards stabilizing our nation, economy, and state of social and emotional well-being. The concerns surround the when and how? While we cannot be sure when, we know that the architectural community can contribute to the how.

You will hear from Tracey Graham, Senior Healthcare Consultant at Hord Coplan Macht, about preparedness, planning, and operational continuity pre-, during and post-pandemic / disaster. She will be joined by Jenine Kotob, AIA, School Safety Specialist at Hord Coplan Macht, and co-author of the AIA National’s report entitled, “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Schools.” By the end of the talk, attendees will learn about operational, infrastructural, and educational recommendations that can support the resiliency, safety, and well-being of our schools for generations to come.

Who’s welcome? Educators, School Administrators, Architects, Engineers, Facilities Directors and Students.


Learning Objectives:
1.    Understand the essential elements of a Continuity of Operations plan, along with methods to sustain business resiliency while for planning for reconstitution and the future.
2.      Interpret and implement the AIA’s Reopening Toolkit on a local level for their own school projects.
3.      Understand what infrastructural changes should be implemented in order to safely reopen schools while maintaining spatial distancing.
4.      Reflect, Analyze and plan for the Art of the Possible, with considerations of the short-term urgency and the need to design with the “new challenges and opportunities” of COVID-19 in mind.


Jenine Kotob, AIA, School Safety Specialist, Hord Coplan Macht and Co-Chair for the Committee on Architecture for Education with AIA-NOVA

Jenine Kotob is a project architect with over ten years of experience in education projects. She serves as HCM’s in house school safety and security specialist and is recognized nationally for her work on the issue. In 2020, she was named the inaugural “Citizen Architect of the Month,” by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Her expertise has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Education Week and Metropolis Magazine, among others. She has spoken at numerous conferences including the 2019 National League of Cities Conference, the 2019 United States Conference of Mayors, and the 2018 AIA Virginia Arch Exchange East Conference. Her advocacy efforts at AIA’s Grassroots 2019 aided to influence government policy, specifically passing a bill that allows schools to use federal grants to design safer schools. Jenine has also contributed to national guidelines on safety preparedness for schools through the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and served as a juror for AIA Committee on Architecture for Education’s (CAE) National Education Facility Design Awards.
Tracey Graham, DNP MSN MSM APRN FNP-C CEN, Senior Healthcare Consultant, Hord Coplan Macht

Tracy Graham is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with a MBA in Management and Change and a Doctorate in Nursing, that focused on Design thinking methodology for Facility Planning with a foundation in process and systems redesign. Her knowledge and experience increase HCM’s capabilities to leverage the latest evidence-based research, trends, influences and challenges affecting health, wellness and higher education institutions and to enhance diligence in discovery for solution development, design solutions and consulting services that Hord Coplan Macht provides.

Ms. Graham adjunct instructs in nursing and lean for health care at the University level. She's well respected for her Lean, Data Analytics and Strategic Planning expertise, and has been awarded for leadership, mentorship and organizational change and process redesign. She lectures and consults across International borders, design spectrum, adding value to planning and solution development at all levels.

Ms. Graham is an Operational and Clinical strategist, prior National Level Director for hospitals and health systems and she remains licensed and currently certified in Family and Acute Care, Emergency Management and Emergency Nursing. She has a passion for data and technology, learning and the well-being of our communities. Her depth of expertise and experience allows her to see and appreciate the operational and safety needs, infrastructure, digital and technological demands required for constant or unexpected change and operational sustainability. She values transcultural and multigenerational team synergy, always ensuring there is a consideration for Intent Based Leadership, inter-professional collaboration and effective practice. She is a passionate advocate for education, supporting programs, and alternative methods and mediums for learning.

Who is the CAE?  Check us out online!

The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. The CAE is a forum for architects, educators, and civic leaders that promotes the exchange of ideas, best practices, and resources around learning environment design. Through this platform, we hope to enhance knowledge around architecture, pedagogy, culture, well-being, and safety in our schools.