Covid and the Built Environment – Arielle Weedman + Hannah Silver

Recap: 10/21/20

A casual lunchtime conversation addressing how Covid has affected our built environment. We hosted a panel discussion led by LWD members and guests Arielle Weedman and Hannah Silver on designing safe workspaces, the lasting effects of the pandemic on office design and the future of designed public spaces. We also discussed how designers have pivoted their design practices for this new need and how we have redefined our relationship with our physical personal space and spaces we inhabit during this time.

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Guest Bios:

Arielle Weedman co-founded her interior design firm, Weedman Design Partners, in 2003 with her husband Travis. Together they have designed a range of commercial interiors including restaurant, office, retail and mixed-use commercial spaces in both Portland and Seattle. Over the years Arielle has worked closely with entrepreneurs, developers, and architects to plan and oversee the execution of projects that range in scale from $50K to $5M. An artist at heart, Arielle is meticulous about creating designs that are relevant, grounded and authentic to each client.
Hannah Silver is a designer and urban planner with a background in sustainable architecture. Her work is focused on creating equitable, healthy built environment experiences for the spectrum of human needs. Recently, she developed size-inclusive design best practices with AllGo. An educator at heart, Hannah brings thoughtful, informative design guidance and facilitation to project teams through her company, Informal/Function. She teaches an introductory urban design course for urban planners at Portland State University. Her sustainable and health-oriented design accreditations include WELL AP, LEED AP Homes, Fitwel Ambassador, and EcoDistricts AP.