The Resilience Factor: Commercial Interiors, Climate Change, and Occupant Wellbeing

When:  Feb 10, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)

The Resilience Factor: Commercial Interiors, Climate Change, and Occupant Wellbeing

Sponsored by the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, this course offers 1 AIA LU/HSW credit.


$25 - AIA member / $40 - non-member


Every project, no matter the scale and scope, has the ability to impact the health, safety and welfare of the occupant. Resilience is not just about new building construction; principles of resilient design can be applied to commercial interiors projects from the real estate search, through design, and continuing into turnover and operations. This session will introduce participants to resilience and its application to the interiors market, including how the current state of design, construction, and real estate can be impacted by a focus on responsible, adaptive design.

Learning objectives

  • Engage in a working definition of resilient design, and how crisis events can impact the commercial interiors market.
  • Learn the differences between shocks and stressors, and how design may evolve based on the site specific risks a project can expect.
  • Gain insight into the tools available to the designer to gather information on climatic risk, and how to apply that information to the project.
  • Understand strategies for resilient design of interior spaces, learning how some may overlap with sustainability and wellbeing applications.


Jon Penndorf, FAIA headshot

Jon Penndorf, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, RELi AP

Growing up just outside of New York City, Jon and his family had a membership to the Bronx Zoo. His parents really loved animals and were fond of conservancy. Every couple of months the family would visit the zoo and after several visits, Jon stopped looking at the animals and instead started paying attention to their habitats and the buildings in which they live. He started to think about the buildings and conservancy and how the marriage of the two could have a positive impact on the animals and the people visiting them. That is when his interest in architecture began, specifically sustainable architecture. In addition to his role as senior associate and senior project manager at Perkins and Will, Jon is also the Green Team leader for the office. He describes himself as the biggest proponent against climate change and an advocate for climate adaptation and resilience. As a guest speaker at national conferences such as the American Institute of Architects, the Greenbuild International Conference, and CoreNet, Jon has shared his passion and thought leadership on sustainability and how architects and designers can help combat climate change. He has also been featured in the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal and National Geographic online.


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Pamela Albers, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Raised in Southern Illinois in a family of contractors and farmers, Pamela had an early appreciation to the world of creating, building and real-life earth stewardship through farming. Completing degrees in interior design, architecture and business graduate school, she succeeded in the arena of design and architecture. She worked in the Tech sector owner side building out projects for 10 years, owned an A&D practice for 20 years and joined RS&H, Inc. in 2014 as part of her life goal to live in Colorado. Pamela supports the western US in business development, architecture, and design for RS&H.