AIA Conference on Architecture 2021

Firm Resilience

Join us on June 17th as we learn about adapting design values to current realities and how ceilings can make a difference in designing for a new normal to create welcoming, inviting environments where people feel safe and well as they return to work, learn, heal and play.

Anne Jennings

Healthy Design in a Post-COVID World

Presented by Anne P. Jennings


Explore innovative solutions for managing and improving air quality through materials and systems. You’ll learn how evolving standards and initiatives for sustainable building materials, air ventilation systems, and cleaning practices contribute to the design, operation, and maintenance of healthy buildings. You’ll also discuss how ceiling systems can contribute to improved indoor air quality and occupant health and well-being, both by promoting good indoor air quality and helping create acoustic environments that support productivity, learning, and healing. Finally, you’ll learn about new ceiling products and technologies, including an air purification system that uses ultraviolet light to neutralize pathogens.

Anne P. Jennings, P.E. is Senior Commercial Segment Manager, Healthy Spaces at Armstrong World Industries. She leads commercialization of innovative product solutions that create healthier spaces and improve indoor air quality in offices, schools, and healthcare environments. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a member of ASHRAE, Jennings is skilled in specification writing, building automation, and energy management.

Thursday, June 17th
10:30am - 11:20am


Abby Martin

A Growing Specialty Ceilings Portfolio

Live Product Demo Presented by Abby Martin

New shapes, forms, and capabilities for unlimited design options with specialty ceilings and walls. From new materials, to custom designs and one-of-a-kind solutions across our portfolio – now, more than ever – we can help you create heathy and inspiring spaces.

Abby is the marketing manager for Armstrong's growing specialty products team, helping develop new solutions to bring our customers' visions to life. Abby has been instrumental in introducing new business acquisitions including Arktura, MóZ Designs, and Turf Design to broaden the portfolio. She is a true champion for commercial specialty solutions and healthy spaces where people work, learn, heal and play.

Thursday, June 17th
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Helen Sahi

Manufacturing, Better, with Panelist Helen Sahi

While building products occupy limited space in architecture discourse, they have massive impacts on building design and performance industry-wide. Leaders of some of the world's largest product manufacturers convene for a take-no-prisoners discussion of how they are, can, and should support a more environmentally and socially sustainable, net zero built environment.

Helen, Director of Sustainability at Armstrong World Industries, is a global leader in sustainability and a proven change agent, with significant responsibility and achievement in the technical, operational and strategic aspects of sustainability policy for global Fortune 500 businesses. Experienced in company-level and industry-wide policy development and strategic environmental planning. Unique ability to move from strategy to execution nimbly and effectively, and to drive behavior change throughout the organization by influencing and aligning separate divisions and groups. Able to operate across countries, cultures and functions, including executive management teams, commercial teams, operational teams, innovation, product development, human resources, legal and compliance.

Thursday, July 8th
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Be sure to check out our virtual tour of the Armstrong Avenue and the new Living Lab at the Armstrong World Industries Corporate Campus in Lancaster, PA. Access the tour in the Virtual Tours section of the AIA Show Site.

What Is A Healthy Space?

What Is A Healthy Space?

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