Safe, Secure, and Supportive Schools: Creating learning environments that address the well-being of students and staff


South Tower - Terrace (end of the hall)

  • Primary Core Competencies: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
  • AIA CEU: 1.0 LU HSW
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Design of Educational Facilities


School safety is a complex issue with many facets.  Ensuring the safety of students and staff includes taking security measures and planning for disasters, as well as creating environments that provide students with comfortable places to share, collaborate, and explore.  This session will offer attendees a sneak peek of the 6-week certificate course in development and review the essential components in creating safe and secure learning environments. 

Learning Objectives

OBJ#1  Learn the essentials of assessing vulnerabilities and threats of a school and/or district.

OBJ#2  Understand countermeasures to mitigate the vulnerabilities and threats.

OBJ#3  Review policies and procedures that address threats to schools.

OBJ#4  Learn of the resources available to industry professionals

Gary Armbruster, ALEP, Principal Architect/Partner, MA+ Architecture

Diego Barrera, AIA, NCARB, ALEP, LEED Green Assoc., Senior Design Architect | Senior Associate, Stantec Architecture

Molly Smith, REFP, AICP, Principal/ Senior Planner, thinkSMART Planning Inc.