Community Design & Engagement for Resilience. Course 9. AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series

Learn the importance of and how to design for community resilience as a "citizen architect."


This course will discuss how stresses such as a lack of affordable housing and social isolation make communities more vulnerable to shocks, and how resilient design and community engagement can influence the social and economic resilience of a community. Through examples and case studies, this course will demonstrate how an individual project can extend benefits beyond its borders with best practices for engaging communities and addressing the interdependencies that make communities more vulnerable to shocks. In addition, this course will discuss the many important roles the “citizen architect” may play in a community which contribute to community resilience.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss community vulnerabilities (social, physical and economic) to shocks and stresses and how community-scale interdependencies affect a single building
  • Understand the importance of public participation and community-led design in creating resilient and adaptable communities
  • Describe how resilience in a single building can contribute to community resilience
  • Explain the community roles architects may play in a community to address both shocks and stresses, including disaster preparedness, response and recovery 
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 $50  non-member
 $35  member
1.75 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA