7 Design Guidelines for a Safe Post COVID-19 Transition

7 Design Guidelines for a Safe Post COVID-19 Transition

In order to ensure a proper transition into post COVID-19, architects, public health experts, and engineers are generating design guidelines to provide people with new secure, and efficient resources. Finding a balance between optimizing operations and keeping people safe, the strategies tackle the built environment that surrounds us, from restaurants and outdoor dining, to streets, offices, and retail.

Addressed to city officials, owners, and employers, the tools developed help to reopen the world, while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, promoting social distancing standards, and enhancing wellbeing. Discover in this article a roundup of design guidelines securing a safe post coronavirus transition.

MASS Releases Spatial Strategies for Restaurants in Response to COVID-19



MASS Design Group has released a guideline for restaurants in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to help these businesses reopen safely, viably, and vibrantly. Based on world health recommendations, the drafted protocols aim to keep both staff and customers safe, as well as facilitate operations.

Rockwell Group Releases Design Strategies for Outside Dining post COVID-19

Outdoor Dining

Courtesy of Rockwell Group

David Rockwell and his team at Rockwell Group proposed an open streets initiative, a template for outdoor dining, in order to help bars and restaurants reopen post-pandemic. The design strategies illustrate practical solutions to make everyone feel safe.

NACTO Releases Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery in the Fight Against the COVID-19


Courtesy of NACTO

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released guidelines to provide cities with strategies to redesign and adapt their streets for new uses both during the COVID-19 crisis and in the recovery. Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery highlights the most updated street design approaches cities are using, around the world.

AIA Releases Design Strategies for Safer Schools post COVID-19


© VMDO Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just released strategies, illustrations, and 3D design models in order to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools. In an effort to assist education officials with reopening schools during the pandemic, the design guidelines are part of the AIA’s initiative “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings”.

Perkins and Will Creates Guideline for a Safe Return to the Office during COVID-19


Courtesy of Perkins&Will

Perkins and Will have generated a set of strategies, grounded in public health guidance, to help offices resume their work during COVID-19. Focusing on the transition phase, the guideline helps employers draw a road map for safe return. The scheme, based on wellbeing and health norms encompasses all scenarios, from a direct response to a transition phase, all the way towards a recovery phase once workplace restrictions are lifted.

AIA Releases Retail and Office Models for Reducing COVID-19 Exposure

Retail & Offices

Slack Headquarters by Studio O+A. Image © Garrett Rowland and Amy Young

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released 3D models for retail stores and office spaces to help reopen safely during the pandemic. The Design strategies use an architectural, engineering, and administrative framework based upon recent public health information. They also provide cost-effective options that can be implemented immediately.

RIBA Releases COVID-19 Recovery Guidance

Architectural Practices

WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects. Image © Jack Hobhouse

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published guidance to help practices navigate recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The Recovery Roadmap is divided into three phases: Response, Recovery, and Resilience. Each phase considers a series of actions that practices can take to respond to challenges across different areas of their business throughout this crisis and beyond.

We invite you to check out ArchDaily's coverage related to COVID-19, read our tips and articles on Productivity When Working from Home and learn about technical recommendations for Healthy Design in your future projects. Also, remember to review the latest advice and information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "7 Design Guidelines for a Safe Post COVID-19 Transition " 25 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/941517/5-design-guidelines-for-a-safe-post-covid-19-transition> ISSN 0719-8884

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