Learning Lab-Safety & Security

Tuesday, November 6, 1:00-4:45 PM

Keeping students, faculty and visitors safe is one of the major challenges facing school administrators. Campus safety and security is complex, requiring a comprehensive approach addressing the mental and physical attributes empowering social and emotional learning. Attend this pre-conference event to learn how schools can be designed to mitigate treats from the latest thinking in safety as it relates to campus facilities.

Michael Yorio

    Presenter: Michael Yorio

    SSI Guardian



21st Century Safe School Best Practices


Studies confirm the role safety plays in learning outcomes which can impact a child's life journey. While there are many ideas and theories on improving school safety, it is imperative that evidence-based best practices and solutions are the focus and criteria. These measures are proven to enhance school safety without inherent risk or unintended consequence often associated with unsubstantiated methods or products that are untested. Through the implementation of best practices, academic leaders can create the safest learning environments possible, helping prepare our future leaders for success.


2:15 - 2:30 PM Break

Turckes, Santore

    Presenters: Steven Turckes, Principal, K-12 Education Global Practice Leader , Perkins+Will
    Phil Santore, Managing Principal of DVS Security, a division of Ross & Baruzzini



A Holistic Approach to Campus Safety


According to CNN, there has been an average of one school shooting every week in 2018. These violent acts have school communities reassessing their campus security practices. Viewpoints on solutions vary ranging from fortress-like facilities to more transparent environments. Learn how facilities can balance transparent, collaborative environments and defensible spaces that respect different cultures and educational goals and gain a greater understanding of how safety design measures can be enhanced by technology. Understanding that it is impossible for design to eliminate all threats, they will focus on minimizing threats, using examples from Sandy Hook School and others to highlight holistic security design.


3:45 - 4:00 PM Break

Karina Ruiz

    Moderator: Karina Ruiz, AIA LEED AP BD+C

    Principal, BRIC Architecture + leaders from the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education



Getting to Solutions on School Safety, Group Discussion


The final session of the Learning Lab will allow participants to contribute their unique perspectives and experiences to a solutions-oriented approach session on school safety and security. In a multi-disciplinary, facilitated session, AIA CAE leaders will help break down the issues into various components and lead small group discussions to identify potential solutions. The overall goal of this closing session is to find ways to overcome any identified obstacles and actualize the solutions in a comprehensive way.


Registration Fee: $100 per person (This session is not included in Full Conference registration; space is limited.)

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