Conference Recordings

Keynote | VCU | Social Unrest in the Midst of a Pandemic . . . Now What?

Published March 10, 2021
Presented by Jeffrey Eastman, Virginia Commonwealth University | Jessica Hurley Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University | Keith Van Inwegen, Virginia Commonwealth University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Virginia Commonwealth University

When the pandemic forced students, faculty, and staff off campus in March 2020, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) had just begun initial investments to implement the first phases of its recently completed master plan. What impacts would the pandemic have on the master plan, space planning, and the delivery of VCU's core mission? While VCU adapted and planned for a return to campus, Richmond became a center of social unrest with protests throughout VCU's campuses. Join us to discuss how VCU changed its planning strategies and built campus environment to simultaneously address a public health crisis and calls for social reform.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss the history and mission of VCU and explain how it has evolved over time.
  2. Identify the ways in which the pandemic and social unrest impacted the ONE VCU Master Plan.
  3. Explain how to adapt space planning and projects on your campus during periods of change and crisis.
  4. Address the complex history of your campus while honoring its core values and mission in your planning strategies.


Jeffrey Eastman

University Planner
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jessica Hurley Smith

Director of Planning and Design
Virginia Commonwealth University

Keith Van Inwegen

Assistant Director of Planning and Design
Virginia Commonwealth University

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM21P004) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 10, 2021.

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