Conference Announcement: International Perspectives on the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in the Post-COVID Age

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International Perspectives on the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in the Post-COVID Age


Online Symposium, January 29-30, 2021, 11am-2pm US Eastern Time

Organizers: Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq, Epidemic Urbanism Initiative


Long before the appearance of COVID-19, the urban fabric of cities across the world had been shaped by prior epidemics. Indeed, the study of historic, global epidemics has illuminated the many ways in which urban life and architecture have changed during times of pestilence. With the outbreak of each epidemic has come new scientific understandings of disease, new modes of governing of social life and interaction, novel efforts to intervene in and prevent infection, the exacerbation of social inequities, and the creation of new occupational and social roles. Each of these outcomes has been enacted and emplaced in the built environment over time and across diverse geographies through the design or re-design of buildings and public spaces, the quarantine or redirection of goods and people, the adoption of new social roles, and the imposition of new urban design policies and practices. 


Spanning two days, this symposium, comprised of scholars and practitioners from twenty countries, will confront the impacts of this pandemic on cities and imagine new possibilities for a post-COVID urban landscape through topics including:

  • January 29th, 2021 (11am-2pm EST) topics: Response and Experience; Ecology and Sustainability; and Education and Pedagogy 

  • January 30th, 2021 (11am-2pm EST) topics: Design and Interventions; Healthcare Design; and Social Justice and Equity


Register for this conference at to join us for one or both days. If you have any questions, please contact The deadline for registration is  January 25th. 


This virtual conference is sponsored by the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium (DHRC). The Epidemic Urbanism Initiative (EUI) was founded by Dr. Mohammad Gharipour and Dr. Caitlin DeClercq in March 2020. This is the fourth international conference hosted by the EUI. All prior conferences and additional conversations are publicly available at the EUI YouTube channel


The following is the full list of symposium themes, paper topics, presenters, and moderators (attached poster).


Panel 1. Response and Experience (Friday, January 29)

Moderator: Eliana Abu-Hamdi Murchie (USA)


Impacts of COVID-19 on Liming as a Form of Commoning in Trinidad and Tobago

Nicole de Lalouvière and Renelle Sarjeant (Trinidad and Switzerland)


Superblocks as a Promising Pandemic Response and Experience in Barcelona, Spain

Federico Camerín, Luca Fabris, and Riccardo Balzarotti (Italy)


Paradigm Shift of Work and the Workplace amid the Pandemic in the UAE

Mouza Al Neyadi and Kheira Aoul (UAE)


Experiential Learning to Support Remote Instruction in an Australian Architecture Design Studio

Ross T. Smith and Cecilia de Marinis (Australia)


Protective Barriers in US Cities During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aki Ishida (USA)


Panel 2. Ecology and Sustainability (Friday, January 29)

Moderator: Michael Vann (USA)


Landscape and Eco-systemic Intensification Strategies During and After Pandemics in Milan, Italy

Andrea Oldani (Italy)


Communities, Schools, and Future Ecologies in Washington DC, USA

Rebecca Milne, Sean O’Donnell, and Bruce Levine (USA)


Urban Form and Thermally Comfortable Pedestrian Streetscapes in Post-COVID Mendoza, Argentina

Maria B. Sosa, Erica Correa, and Maria A. Canton (Argentina)


Emergency Responsive Design in Housing Typologies in the Post-COVID Kigali, Rwanda

Manlio Michieletto (Rwanda)


Panel 3. Education and Pedagogy (Friday, January 29)

Moderator: Ashraf Salama (Scotland)


Equitable Remote Design Education in the Post-COVID the American Great Plains

Bud Shenefelt (USA)


Implications for Placemaking Pedagogy in an Archipelagic Setting during Pandemics in the Philippines

Richard Carraga, Shirley Maraya, Maria Joelyca Sescon, and Iderlina Mateo-Babiano (The Philippines and Australia)


An Online Student Workshop as a Pedagogical Experiment Necessitated by COVID-19 in Serbia

Mladen Pešić and Miloš Kostić (Serbia)


Pedagogical Responses to COVID-19 and Rethinking Norms of Architectural Education in the UAE

Ahmad Sukkar and Emad Mushtaha (UAE)


Assessing the Experience of Virtual Learning Techniques in an Urban Design Studio in the USA

Hessam Ghamari and Nasrin Golshany (USA)


Panel 4. Design and Interventions (Saturday, January 30)

Moderator: Louisa Iarocci (USA)


The Fall of Starchitecture and the Future of Architectural Practice in the Post-COVID UK

Elizabeth Walder (Wales)


Urban Design and Public Transport in the Age of Pandemics in Harare, Zimbabwe

Brilliant Mavhima (Zimbabwe)


Envisioning a Post-COVID Hybrid Work/Housing Solution in an Architectural Studio in Berlin, Germany

Robinson Michel (Germany)


Sustaining Safe Construction Operations in the U.S. During COVID-19

Babak Memarian, Sara Brooks, and Jean Christophe Le (USA)


Panel 5. Healthcare Design (Saturday, January 30)

Moderator: Anjali Joseph (USA)


Spatial Strategies to Separate COVID Patients within Hospital Building Infrastructure

Pleuntje Jellema, Ann Heylighen, and Margo Annemans (Belgium)


Hospital Ward Flexibility, Equity, and Virus Exposure Risk in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Stavroula K. Koutroumpi (England)

Rethinking Personal Space Needs in Hospital Settings in the Post-COVID Era
Lusi Morhayim (Israel)
Epidemic Metabolism in Oncology Hospital Design Practices during the Post-COVID Age

Katarina Andjelkovic (Serbia)


Visualizing Healthcare Design's Alternative Futures through Technical and Typological Innovation

Jeremy Kargon and Rolf Haarstad (USA)


Panel 6. Social Justice and Equity (Saturday, January 30)

Moderator: Irene Hwang (USA)


Responding to an Unequal Society through Agile and Adaptable Teaching Strategies in South Africa

Melinda Silverman and Sandra Felix (South Africa)


Pandemics and the Exacerbation of Social Inequities in Urban Informal Settlements in Pakistan

Amna Shahzad (Pakistan)


Reinterpretation of Traditional Urban Space and Social Justice in the Post-COVID Lagos, Nigeria

Timothy Odeyale (Nigeria)


Shared, Accessible, and Healthy Streets in Post-Pandemic American Cities

Celen Pasalar and George Hallowell (USA)