COVID-19 Resources for Architects and Interior Designers

Micène Fontaine, April 1, 2020

COVID-19 is claiming lives daily and relentlessly disrupting everything else across the globe. For those of us whose health is unaffected, our attention turns to doing what we can to avoid spreading the virus, protecting ourselves and our loved ones, helping others, and trying to adjust to this new normal.

It also means figuring out how to do our jobs in the context of physical distancing, self-isolation, quarantine, and sheltering in place.

So, while we’ve all been thrown in the deep end of the proverbial pool, at DAS, we’ve decided to focus on what we can do, what we can control. With in-person offerings cancelled or postponed, we shifted our focus to more online and home study offerings and rolled out flexible payment options.

We conducted a quick survey to find out what design professionals needed most in this time of change and, in response, we asked five panelists to share practical advice on how you can transition, manage and grow your architecture and design practice digitally (if you missed it, we recorded the session):

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  • Deb Barrett and Susan Schultz: Tools and tips to manage and grow your architecture/interior design practice digitally.
  • Donald M. Rattner, AIA: How to stimulate creativity and spark innovation.
  • Jill Cruz, MS, CNS: How to feed your brain and boost your health in a low-stress way.
  • Ginger Williams: How to set up data management and software systems that flow with ease.


Now more than ever, futurist Alvin Toffler was right, we must unlearn and relearn. Yet, I have no doubt that, with the help of the brainpower of each one of you on the receiving end of this message, we can design a way to cope with the current crisis as we find our way to a new normal. 

Let’s roll up our physically-distant sleeves and tackle this together, shall we? Check out the recording and resources and post your comments, tools, tips below.

:Food for Thought and Action