Hord Coplan Macht is proud to stand with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the forefront of the school safety conversation. As Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, an architectural designer in our DC Metro office, put it, “Security and designing beautiful spaces are actually symbiotic. They don’t work in opposition to each other.”

HCM’s Jenine Kotob speaking to reporters about safe school design. 

Jenine, joined by fellow HCMers, Principal Scott Walters, Architect Melanie Ray, and intern Christian Kapp, spent the day on Capitol Hill to advocate for safe school design and to push for the establishment of a federal clearinghouse of design resources. As part of Grassroots 2019, an AIA backed movement, architects from across the country met with 137 members of Congress and 337 Congressional staff representing 50 states.

Read Jenine’s full comments as well as a feature on the biophilic study being conducted at HCM-designed Green Street Academy in this article from Education Week.

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