Conducting Vulnerability Assessments. Course 5. AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series

Learn the step-by-step process for assessing vulnerability in new and existing buildings.


Learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments in new and existing buildings using a step-by-step process to make informed decisions about retrofits, renovations, and repairs to reduce damage from any hazard.

The course begins with an overview of vulnerability concepts and terminology, defining the link between vulnerability and potential damage to existing or new buildings. Its main focus, however, is guiding architects through a 10-step all-hazards vulnerability assessment methodology that has been developed, tested, and used by experts in architecture and design. Using a case study and real examples, this course shows you how to apply each step in the process. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to conduct a building vulnerability assessment with your design team, leverage that assessment to inform your hazard mitigation strategy, and be confident about the benefits of incorporating resilient design features into your projects.

Learning objectives

  • Define and explain vulnerability and the purpose of building vulnerability assessments
  • Learn how to use visual assessments to estimate a building’s ability to withstand a given hazard event
  • Apply a methodology for conducting a building vulnerability assessment
  • Use a building vulnerability assessment as a tool to target the most effective hazard mitigation strategies for the building retrofits
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 $50  non-member
 $35  member
2.25 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA