When It Rains, It Pours: Preparing for Flooding Events


Join us for an insightful webinar session as we delve into the most common and expensive disaster in the US: flooding. Architects have a critical role to play in preparing communities for the increasing occurrence of floods. During this session, participants will discover innovative approaches and best practices that architects can employ to safeguard structures and minimize the devastating effects of floods. This session will examine the different kinds of flooding that occur, comparing the challenges faced by coastal regions to those experienced in the middle of the country. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique factors that contribute to each type of flooding and the implications they have on structures and communities. Additionally, we will explore the crucial topic of insurance in flood-prone areas. Gain insights into the insurance options available and how they can provide financial protection and aid in the recovery process. To bring these concepts to life, we will showcase compelling case studies that highlight successful initiatives in flood resilience and preparedness. Gain inspiration from real-world examples and learn from the experiences of communities that have effectively tackled the challenges posed by floods. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and contribute to the creation of more resilient communities in the face of flooding. To explore more resources on how to helping communities before and after disasters, visit aia.org/disaster.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the distinct factors that contribute to various types of flooding, understanding the specific characteristics and challenges associated with each type. 
  • Evaluate the impacts of flooding events on the habitability of buildings and communities, recognizing the consequences and vulnerabilities that arise during and after such events. 
  • Explore innovative approaches and best practices available to architects for safeguarding structures and mitigating the detrimental effects of floods, ensuring resilience and minimizing damage. 
  • Apply insights gained from relevant case studies to their architectural practices, integrating lessons learned and successful strategies employed in real-world scenarios. 

This session was recorded live on September 7, 2023.

This course is part of a series

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  • HSW


  • John Miller

    P.E., CFM

    Lecturer  |  University of Pennsylvania

    John A. Miller, P.E., CFM is a flood and climate change adaptation policy professional, a water...
  • Brian Shaw


    Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing  |   Floodproofing.com

    Brian Shaw is a Certified Floodplain Manager and has worked within the flood mitigation industry...