Building a better world: How architects help their communities pre- and post-disaster

Monday, October 25, 2021 | Noon-1pm ET

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Following the release of the 4th edition of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook, this course provides an overview of the four phases of disaster management, and the critical role architects play in assisting local efforts to respond, recover, prepare for, and mitigate the risk of disaster events in their communities. Speakers will present case studies of each of the four phases of disaster management and share their compelling experiences. They will focus on existing emergency management systems and protocols; roles of public and private sector stakeholders; emerging data and research; and what architects need to know to reduce loss and help communities plan for a resilient future.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the four phases of disaster management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. 
  • Identify the opportunities and responsibilities of architects and other stakeholders in disasters, including emergency preparedness and business continuity planning, advocacy, and community engagement.
  • Discuss the challenges to “building back better”, with special emphasis on residential buildings.
  • Recognize the difference between minimum performance requirements reflected in building codes and the opportunity for enhanced resilient design by integrating hazard mitigation strategies. 


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