Developing the Laboratory Resilience Design Guide

Jacob Werner, Perkins & Will
Lisa Dickson, Arup
George Karidis, SmithGroup

The authors of the "I2SL Laboratory Resilience Design Guide" invite you to a session on laboratory resilience. With three short interactive exercises, the audience is invited to think outside the box about the meaning, context, and applications of resilience in laboratory design and operations.

The session will ask: What disruptive events have recently happened to laboratories? What disruptions are plausible? Probable? What happens when a laboratory experiences an event, such as a hurricane or a flood? What should happen (or not happen)? What can we do about it? What is practical? Audience ideas will join those of industry experts in the upcoming I2SL Laboratory Resilience Design Guide. All three I2SL Laboratory Resilience Design Guide authors--Lisa Dickson (Arup), George Karidis (SmithGroup), and Jacob Werner (Perkins & Will)--will be involved in planning and facilitating this interactive workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how resilience planning and design apply to laboratories;
  • Understand typical consequences of events, and how they affect laboratory buildings, equipment and furnishings, lab operations, and occupants;
  • Gain a new perspective on 'typical' laboratory design and operations practices; and
  • Know where to look for best practice resources for resilience planning, design, and operations.


Jacob is a Sr Project Architect with Perkins & Will's Boston studio, specializing in laboratory design. Jacob is an advocate for sustainable design. He is a LEED AP, WELL AP, Passivehouse Consultant, and ILFI Ambassador. He is a leader in the I2SL New England chapter and the I2SL Lab Benchmarking Committee. Jacob has spoken extensively about both sustainability and laboratory design at Tradeline, I2SL, and BuildBoston. A natural teacher, he taught design at the Boston Architectural College.


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