Student Summer Challenge: Investigating Post-Pandemic Design

by Summer Interns
Jul. 29, 2020 | Back To Explore

In the midst of great change and uncertainty, one engineering and seven architecture students spent their summer investigating how architecture must adapt to a post-pandemic society. Their research was an open-ended collaboration focused on preparing themselves for a field that will require significant change following the pandemic. These students volunteered their time and talents, with the support of Little’s Emerging Professionals group, during the summer of 2020. 

The Prompt:
How will healthcare, education, technology and travel change following COVID-19?

Student Authors:


The Past, Present, and Future of Healthcare Architecture
by MaryGrayson Roberts
How have pandemics and societal issues changed and how will they continue to change the design of healthcare architecture? 

Pandemics: Changing the Design of Cities and Healthcare Centers
by Teddie Gourdet
How will architectural design in the city, especially within healthcare centers, play a critical role in the success of managing the effects of a pandemic?

Preserving Learning Environments Amidst COVID-19 
by Caitlyn Schlaudecker & Christina Filippini
How will Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) adapt their public spaces to meet the new demands of COVID-19?

Maintaining Connections Through Touchless Design
by Minji Cho & Caroline Mozo
How can touchless design carry forward the convenience factors ‘touch’ introduced without limiting society’s connectivity?

HVAC Design – Post COVID
by D’Anna Dininny
How will innovative HVAC design protect us from airborne health threats?

Decentralized Airports: The Safe, Efficient, and Pleasant Way to Fly
by Stephen Grotz
How will the innovations from the global pandemic revolutionize the air travel experience?


The authors would like to thank the Emerging Professionals group at Little, specifically Tanner Bates, Krystal Dickison, Colin Martin, Daniel McBride, Lauren Stern, and Katie West, for framing this project and supporting the entire process of creating a collaborative article. They offered graphic, academic, and professional advice that greatly improved the overall quality of this work. 

The authors would also like to thank Jim Williams, James Farnell, Jeff Roman, Phil Kuttner, Carol Rickard-Brideau, and Megan Zepp for organizing the alternative summer program and offering their knowledge, expertise, and time towards the growth and curiosity of the aspiring professionals. Their dedication to creating a learning opportunity inspired the authors to seek knowledge and grow towards their professional goals.