The recent launch of Gensler’s latest Design Forecast highlights the importance of reconnection in a post-COVID world. While the pandemic required educational institutions to switch to remote and hybrid learning, it also revealed challenges that need to be addressed. With determined optimism and a renewed focus on health and wellness, resilience, agility, access, equity, inclusion, and multiple pathways to student success, academic institutions have an opportunity to plan for a reimagined future.

In this webinar, Gensler’s Global Education Leaders Deborah Shepley and Mark Thaler, with Education Strategist Meghan Webster, Health & Wellness Strategist Patricia Nobre, and Education Resilience Leader Sandy Mendler, present themes and strategies to help guide institutions in their return to campus, gleaned from months studying how colliding global crises have shifted the education landscape.

Download Gensler’s Design Forecast 2021 to discover more trends and strategies for transforming educational environments for a more agile, resilient, and equitable future.

Deborah Shepley
Deborah is a principal and global co-leader of Gensler’s Education practice who has partnered with over 45 higher education institutions to facilitate integrated, participatory, and data-informed planning and design processes. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in campus master planning, space programming, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach. Deborah is based in Newport Beach. Contact her at .
Mark Thaler
Mark is a principal and global leader of Gensler’s Education practice. He is one of Gensler’s experts in the design of learning environments and student spaces. His projects span the academic spectrum, from K-12 through higher education. Mark is based in New York. Contact him at .
Meghan Webster
As a principal at Gensler, Meghan helps shape strategic vision and strategy, leverage research, and build client engagement. Her work on a broad range of project types with various education clients has developed her experience across all aspects of the design process. Driven by a lifelong passion for shaping the human experience, Meghan brings strategic leadership, innovation, and expertise to design and its core business in client services. She is based in Chicago. Contact her at .
Patricia Nobre
As a Principal and Studio Director at Gensler, Patricia leads a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to helping organizations across industries thrive in times of change through design for a range of possible futures. Spanning science, healthcare, education, and workplace, her work is driven by a fundamental belief in the human experience of belonging. Contact her at .
Sandy Mendler
Sandy is an architect, planner, and researcher focused on creating inspiring new models for healthy, sustainable living. As the Education Practice Area Leader for Gensler’s Northwest region, she focuses on the design of vibrant facilities for schools, colleges, and universities that build community, promote collaboration, advance research, and support student-centered experiential learning. Sandy is based in San Francisco. Contact her at .

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