Professional Risk and the Business Case for Resilience. Course 8. AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series.

Learn how to help clients address risk levels through resilient design.


How do architects develop a compelling business case for resilient design and construction? This course teaches you best practices for guiding developers and building owners on how to best address their level of risk through resilient design, including other risk management strategies such as insurance, grants, and incentive programs. You’ll learn how to raise key questions with the client and design team, use data to understand project risk, showcase how resilient design can mitigate that risk, and demonstrate the costs and benefits. You’ll also learn about the evolving professional responsibilities associated with resilient design in this emerging area of practice.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the relationship of hazard risk and building ownership and the role of establishing building performance goals. 
  • Provide examples and identify opportunities for clients that embrace resilience goals, as well as risks that may come with ignoring shocks and stresses.
  • Explain the basic steps in analyzing the benefits and costs of increased building performance capacity.
  • Describe practice concerns of architects and other building industry professionals pertaining to hazard risk and climate change and how to address professional risk.
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2.50 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA