Hazards, Vulnerability, and Risk in the Built Environment. Course 2. AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series.

Examine a holistic design process for designing communities that are safe, healthy, and sustainable.


Learn how to recognize, anticipate, and plan for the impacts shocks and stresses have on communities and buildings. In this interactive course, you’ll explore the relationships between hazards, vulnerability, and risk in the built environment, which will, in turn, inform a holistic design process that protects public safety and reduces damage to property. Designing communities that are safe, healthy, and sustainable rests on this foundation.

This course is part of the AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series, a multi-course series that provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to design for resilience. Take all of the courses in this series to earn a certificate of completion.

The AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series is developed by the AIA as part of the resilience and adaptation initiative.

Learning objectives

  • Describe and list examples of secondary hazards and cascading effects.
  • Describe and classify hazards and their impact to the built environment.
  • Understand the designation of routine, design, and extreme events and the relationship to building service life.
  • Understand the relationship between hazards, vulnerability, and risk.
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1.50 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA