Partner Ruth Baleiko will be on a panel discussing “Designing Libraries for Safety in the Age of COVID-19.”
Session details: As libraries cautiously reopen the doors of their physical buildings to the public, minimizing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to patrons and staff is top priority. Expert architects share design tips for how to use the building itself, and its furnishings, to reduce transmission, encourage social distancing, and get the library ready for its next phase while preserving flexibility for the long term.
Other speakers include Pamela Anderson-Brulé, FAIA, Principal, President & Co-Founder, Anderson Brulé Architects; Todd A. Harvey, Senior Partner, BHC Architects; Jeffrey M. Hoover, AIA, Principal, Tappé Architects; Emily Puckett Rodgers (panel moderator), Space Design and Assessment Librarian, Manager of Library Environments, University of Michigan Library.
Architecture, as a profession, is often perceived as an intellectual and academic discipline, and therefore, an exclusive one. This notion is one that Ruth is eager to disprove. “I think the practice could do more to demonstrate the approachability in what we do.” Determined to demystify the impact architects bring to spaces, Ruth believes that accessibility…