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Recent Speaking Engagements

09-2023 Ohio Library Council - Annual Conference 
"Does it Fit? How to create library buildings and space that fit their communities"
10-2022  Core Forum - Salt Lake City, UT
"Renovating and Preserving Historic Buildings"
09-2022 Ohio Library Council - Annual Conference 
"Library Design & Facilities in a Post-Pandemic World"
"Shepherding you through the planning and construction of your new / renovated library"
07-2022 NEO-RLS Webinar
Trends in Library Design
06-2022 Library Journal Design Institute - New York, NY
"Energy in Place - Designing for Belonging and Inclusion"
"Just in Time Design: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic about Adaptability and Flexibility"
06-2021 American Library Association Annual Conference
2020-2021 ALA / AIA Awards
05-2021 Library Journal & School Library Journal Professional Event 
"Designing for a Flexible Future"

11-18-2020 Library Journal Design Institute - VIRTUAL 

Building Community Beyond COVID will focus on rethinking libraries as community gathering spaces. What do spaces for meetings, programs, study, and collaboration look like? For children after school? For the unhoused? How do we serve those who lack computers or the internet and reach those excluded by poverty, race, physical abilities, etc?

Peter Bolek, President, HBM Architects


09-22-2020 National Geographic Magazine

 “Americans’ love affair with libraries has only grown during the pandemic—and so has their book borrowing.” Check out this new National Geographic Article on How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic with insight added by HBM’s President and Director of Design, Peter Bolek. #libraries #hbmarchitects #toledolibraries

10-11-2019 Library Journal Design Institute - Austin, TX
Panel Discussion on “The Staff Connection: how architects balance the influence of staff on design and design on staff - taking into account staff needs like clear sight-lines; new approaches to staff engagement with users; and trends in staff work spaces”

05-03-2019 Library Journal Design Institute - Columbia, SC
Panel Discussion on “Community - Responsive Design”

06-21-2018 American Library Association Annual Conference - New Orleans, LA
ALA Annual Conference Panel Discussion on "Transforming Spaces: Promoting Inclusion In and Through Library Interiors"

10-05-2017 Ohio Library Council Annual Conference - Dayton, OH
Presentation on “Visual Merchandising: Applying Bookstore Insight to Public Library Collections” along with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

05-05-2017 Library Journal Design Institute - Columbus, OH
Panel Discussion on Key Trends in Adaptive Reuse, Expansion, and Renovation Projects 

04-19-2017 DEMCO Webinar
“Re-evaluating Existing Library Spaces & Furnishings on a Budget”

10-20-2016 Library Journal Design Institute - Charleston, SC
A panel discussing ideas for "Interactive Learning Spaces and Customer-centric Spaces in Small Libraries"

06-03-2016 American Library Association Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
Panel Discussion on “Top Library Trends of 2016”

04-18-2016 Association of Academic Health Services Library - Philadelphia, PA
Panel Discussion on “Teaching & Learning in New Library Spaces: the Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries” through a presentation on “Thinking Differently, Embracing Dynamic Change & the Benefits of Flexible Space.”

04-05-2016 Public Library Association Conference - Denver, CO
Panel Discussion on “Creating Alternative Library Facilities”

02-01-2016 Lead the Change: Library Design Workshop Webinar
What to expect when working with architects - from planning, to design and construction, and how designs have revolutionized neighborhoods, become community connectors, and catalyzed the creative economy through innovation. 

12-04-2015 Library Journal Design Institute - Nashville, TN
Panel Discussion on “Reflecting the Community.”

09-29-2015 Library Journal Webcast
Presentation discussing “Boundless Libraries: A Look at the 2015 New Landmark Libraries.”

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