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11/28/2023: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Bottoms Up: The Importance of Ground Floor Design, Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 11am-1pm Eastern

11/28/2023: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Bottoms Up: The Importance of Ground Floor Design, Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 11am-1pm Eastern

2 hrs. Webinar

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-W112823

SME: Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

The ground floor of any building holds significant importance, serving as the gateway and the first impression for the public. It sets the tone for the entire structure and plays a vital role in enhancing functionality, aesthetics, safety, and user experience. In this two-hour webinar, we will delve into the key considerations, innovative approaches, and best practices for designing ground floor spaces that are both visually captivating and highly functional. Some significant considerations to ground floor design include: spatial planning and flow, architectural elements and materials, focal points, natural light, indoor-outdoor connectivity, and multi-functionality. Case study examples will be used to analyze successful ground floor designs and gain inspiration from outstanding ground floor architectural projects from around the world.
Note: This is a live webinar delivered via GoToWebinar. Session instructions will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to the webinar and the morning of the webinar. If you have not received your instructions for any reason please call Customer Support (1-866-546-1212) the day of the event. Webinars are live and interactive. Students will have the ability to directly interact with and ask questions of the presenter.
Course Objectives
At the end of this webinar you will be able to:
  • Recite the significance of ground floor design on building aesthetics, functionality, and user experience, health, and welfare.
  • Explore effective techniques to optimize space allocation, safe circulation, and traffic flow to create intuitive and inviting environments.
  • Discover how to harness natural light and seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces to create a harmonious and inviting atmosphere enhancing users’ health and welfare.
  • Analyze successful ground floor designs through real-world case studies and gain inspiration from outstanding architectural projects.
  • Explore strategies for designing flexible and safe ground floor spaces that can accommodate various functions, including retail, offices, lobbies, or community areas.
Rumanda Young, Ph.D. Photo
Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.
Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).