Webinar: Healing Spaces — How the Coronavirus May Impact the Built Environment

Thursday, November 19, 2020

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST

*This event will occur as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program; please continue to register.*

The outbreak of COVID-19 quickly revealed how the design of hospitals, schools, offices, public spaces, and even entire cities were flawed in prevented the spread of the virus. How can architects, interior designers, and urban planners apply the lessons learned during the pandemic in rethinking the built environment? In this webinar, panelists will explore the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on building design and urban planning.


Laura Hild, Principal and Regional Director of Health Interiors, HKS Architects

Laura Hild is a Principal and Regional Director of Health Interiors at the HKS Architects Richmond office. Laura focuses on client needs and industry trends to create interiors that are functional and affect human interaction and well-being. As a Principal in the firm, she has over 20 years of experience in all phases of interior architecture with a focus on healthcare and related facilities. With her knowledge of healthcare, Laura is also a certified healthcare interior designer under the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID). Embracing challenges at each step in the process, she works with clients to elevate the interior and exterior design experience based on a unified concept with a focus on client needs and direction.

Maritza Pechin, AICP, Strategic Planner, AECOM

Maritza E. Mercado Pechin, AICP is a Strategic Planner with AECOM. Maritza is overseeing the creation of Richmond’s new Master Plan, Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth. Her consulting experience includes private sector, municipal, regional, and federal clients, and a wide variety of project scales ranging from facilities planning for the U.S. Navy to public art management for the City of Richmond, and climate action planning for the City of Baltimore. Originally from Puerto Rico, Maritza earned an AB in Government and Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.


Stephanie Burr, Education Manager, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

This webinar is “pay-what-you-can” to register.

Registration closes November 19 @ 5:30 PM

Pay as little or as much as you wish and as you see fit for this experience. Per our mission, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design endeavors to create opportunities for everyone to begin (or continue) exploring design for the public good. Your contribution toward this webinar will be used to develop even more amazing programming in the future. A video of this webinar will be made available to those who register.