Program Partnership
REWORK: A Safe Return to Research Laboratories

June 10, 2020
Free Webinar | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down in a matter of days to follow the “stay-at-home” order. As some states announce reopening plans, this will allow researchers whose work requires physical presence to advance research goals or grant requirements to reopen their labs.

As we look forward to the reopening of labs post-COVID-19, this webinar will provide some considerations that will guide the creation of a safe and healthy lab environment as well as discussions on real challenges from universities’ perspectives.

Hosted by the American Institute of Architects – Minnesota, in collaboration with The Society of College and University Planning

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the re-design of research labs using safe distancing guidelines in order to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  2. Identify other key design elements of a safe and healthy lab environment.
  3. Develop strategies to re-open research labs safely, avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  4. Examine and compare the plans to reopen university research labs from the perspectives of university representatives.

Continuing Education Credits
This seminar has been approved for 1 AIA Health Safety Welfare Learning Unit. Please apply through The American Institute of Architects – Minnesota.

Note: Registration is being managed by AIA Minnesota, all questions should be directed to AIA Minnesota.


Anna Pravinata
AIA, LEED AP – President-Elect, AIA Minnesota; Principal, Alliiance and SCUP member

Scott DeBlaze
Executive Director, Assistant Dean, Space Planning, Real Estate Management and Architectural Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center & Biological Sciences Division – Pritzker School of Medicine and SCUP member

Mary Jo Spector
AIA – Director of Research Facilities Design, Construction, and Maintenance at Florida State University


Karen Lu
AIA – President, AIA Minnesota; Senior Associate, Snow Kreilich Architects