March 11, 2020 / Chapter News and Notices

Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

3.16.20: Update on BAF’s  Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The BAF moves to emergency teleworking and makes upcoming programs webinar only
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation is taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community. Please see the following update on actions we are taking. We are constantly evaluating these procedures according to changing conditions and recommendations from the CDC, and state and local authorities:
  • AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation operations will continue uninterrupted via emergency telework.
  • Our offices and Architects Bookstore will be closed.
  • All in-person events have been rescheduled as virtual meetings or postponed to a later date. In addition to live virtual meetings, the Spring Lecture Series will be recorded and made available on Youtube. Lecture 1: Unbuilt Futures is available now.
  • All board, committee, and individual meetings have been rescheduled as virtual meetings.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation urges everyone to stay safe and follow the guidance of public health officials. You can find guidance and updates on actions the State of Maryland is taking on the Maryland Department of Health website.

March 11, 2020

AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) are monitoring quickly changing developments about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to the health of our members, staff, and event attendees, and are taking proactive measures. Below are measures we are taking based on recommendations of public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and the Maryland Department of Health.

Offering webinar access and rescheduling programs
AIA Baltimore and the BAF will offer programs as webinars when possible or reschedule dates. To participate digitally, please continue to register for those events. Information on virtual participation will be sent to registrants. AIA CES LUs will continue to be available for live events conducted via webinar.

All updates will be posted to specific event pages. Please stay tuned to these pages for more info.

Accepting cancellations
Full refunds are available for all existing programs if needed. Notifications will be sent to attendees if events need to be rescheduled.

Committee meetings
Remote access for all committee meetings has been established going forward via tele-conference and screen sharing. Login information will be shared in advance of meetings. Notifications will be sent if cancellations are necessary.

Event and facilities standards
AIA Baltimore and the BAF are taking extra care to maintain clean surfaces and provide hand-washing facilities and access to hand sanitizers. Even so, those who are at higher risk of health complications as a result of the coronavirus should consider staying home and joining meetings and events remotely if possible.

COVID-19 Information
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public (World Health Organization)
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak (Maryland Department of Health)
Coronavirus Resource Center (Johns Hopkins University)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
United States of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

We will continue to monitor the situation, and will modify our response as circumstance requires. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Lane, AIA, Executive Director: