Design Lessons Learned for Future Pandemics

Social distancing

As we have all learned from COVID-19, even with all of the medical advancements in our society, we are all affected by the consequences of a pandemic. Healthcare systems and organizations especially have had to develop programs to identify transmission risks and mitigate them quickly. This is particularly true for hospitals, which are vulnerable to pandemics because of their immunocompromised and elderly occupants and heavy patient volumes. For us as architects specializing in healthcare projects, the pandemic has been a learning opportunity, giving us a unique glimpse into the impacts on healthcare operations and the use of facilities. It has helped us identify many ways architects can help protect our client’s operations, staff, and patients from future pandemics. Full article can be found here: