ACN Webinar - Friday 16 October 2020

How have schools responded to COVID?


Tristan Wigfall - alma-nac

Lucia Glynn -BMAT

Sue Mulholand - Dulwich College

Dianna Fletcher - ADP

Time; 8.15 - 9.15am

As schools reflect on the first month of the new term and how they have managed to operate under the Government restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic, our ECN webchat will review how some schools have dealt with this and what may lie ahead as we move into the autumn with the prospect of a "second wave" and further lockdowns imminent.

We will consider how the pandemic changed the way we run our schools from curriculum, social distancing, bubbles, timetable, well-being and on-line learning. We will look at how schools are managing to adapt their facilities to cope, from layouts to one way systems, the use of toilets and hygiene and how the guidance provided by Government has been received and interpreted? We will discuss what additional steps schools have put in place and try to forecast what lies ahead for the rest to the school year?

Joining us will be Tristan Wigstall from alma-nac architects, who recently published a document titled "Simple solutions for safer schools" in collaboration with a group of schools including Dulwich College, where one of our other speakers Sue Mulholand, the head of art and technology, teaches. Lucia Glynn, Head of Operations from BMAT, who has previously spoken at our webchats on this subject, will give an update on how her academy trust has been managing. Completing our line up is Dianna Fletcher, Studio Director at ADP, who have recently published a document titled "Designing for Wellbeing in Education", to understand the impact the built environment can have, on wellbeing and mental health in the education sector and to improve mental health and wellbeing for staff and students through design.


Lucia Glynn
Lucia Glynn is Head of Operations at BMAT – a medium-sized Academy Trust with five primary schools and six secondary schools located in Essex and East London. The Trust undertakes over £1m of in-house capital works annually, and is also working with the Local Authorities and Department for Education to deliver a number of expansion and new school projects.
Prior to joining BMAT earlier this year, Lucia worked for Arcadis, a global built-asset consultancy delivering new school buildings via the Free School programme, and a broad range of other strategic projects for Multi-Academy Trusts and the Department for Education.
Tristan Wigfall

Tristan Wigfall is a founding director of alma-nac. He studied at University of Sheffield; The Bartlett, University College London; and the University of Westminster. Before founding alma-nac, Tristan worked at Architype (London), Cullinan Studio (London), Esherick Homsey Dodge Davis (San Francisco), and Cottrell and Vermeulen (London).


Tristan leads the practice’s participatory approach to education projects, and has a keen interest in how we can more readily involve different communities in the design process. He is currently working with a range of schools on both built projects and participatory design exercises.

Dianna Fletcher
Dianna is a studio director in the London studio of educational specialist practice ADP.  She is currently working with a number of different schools – particularly in the independent sector and has recently completed research into ‘Designing for Wellbeing in Education’.  She is an RIBA accredited Conservation Architect and is particularly interested in the sensitive conservation and renewal of the historic built environment, with extensive experience of restoration and regeneration projects.
Sue Mulholand
Dulwich College
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