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Learning from the Pandemic: Leveraging Architectural Education Toward Equity, Health, and Resilience

A roundtable discussion sponsored by the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative

Friday, March 11, 2022, 12-1:30pm US Eastern Time, via Zoom

In this session, Deans of five Schools of Architecture across the United States will respond to a range of timely questions for architectural education provoked by the simultaneous epidemics of COVID-19, racism and racial inequity, and climate change, including:

  • How has architecture pedagogy shifted in response to issues of access and equity in an online setting?
  • How does the practice of architecture need to change to confront the many precarities and vulnerabilities in urban settings rendered visible by COVID?
  • What role can and should schools of architecture play in this shift?

This session will by chaired by Lynne Dearborn, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Past President of ACSA.

Panelists include:

  • Mary Anne Akers (Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD)
  • Renee Y. Chow (Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Nan Ellin (Dean, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Harriet Harriss (Dean, Pratt Institute, New York, NY)
  • Robert Weddle (Dean, Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University, Missouri)

This session will be hosted via Zoom (register below) and livestreamed via the Epidemic Urbanism YouTube channel. A recording of the event will also be available via YouTube.

This event is sponsored by the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative. Learn more about the EUI at

Below is the link to livestream this event via YouTube.

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