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Allison H. Anderson , FAIA

Principal | unabridged Architecture PLLC

Allison Anderson is recognized for civic projects which are carefully crafted and inherently defensible against climate challenges. After Hurricane Katrina devastated her community, designs for recovery focused attention on sustainability, adaptation, and resilience. Her firm, unabridged Architecture, has designed nine shelters for the community and first responders, meeting FEMA 361 guidelines for wind- and impact-resistance, and self-sufficiency during an emergency; and was selected as one of ten teams for Rebuild by Design to create resilient urban planning solutions in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas.


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Fearless Resilience: Gaining Confidence in the Resilient Project Process

Join us to learn about key new resilience resources: the AIA Resilient Project Process Guide, the ROI: Codes, standards and reporting supporting resilient design, and the ROI: The economic case for resilient design. Complementing each other, these resources highlight the attributes of resilient and climate-adaptive design, while envisioning how to convey the importance and thus achieve climate-adaptive outcomes across the different phases of design. In this interactive session, you'll select questions related to current projects, discuss how you've used similar questions in the past or how you might use them in the future, and share experiences in resilient project design processes.

Course expires 8/29/2025

1.50 LU|HSW
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So You Want to Build a Climate-Minded Architectural Practice?

The built environment is witnessing the cascading impacts of climate change, from every person, project, and client. The architecture industry must look within, with immense opportunities to transform firm culture in response to present and future changing conditions. Our new resource, the AIA Climate Action Business Playbook, is for building an architectural practice that embraces climate change mitigation and adaptation. Individuals and firms can immediately apply the included recommendations and best practices to enhance their current policies and efforts around climate action within their practice. This session will inspire attendees to focus on behavior change, giving architects the tools to adopt more sustainable practice models.   

Course expires 2/5/2026

1.00 LU|HSW
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An Introduction to the AIA Framework for Design Excellence

Propel your practice’s success with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence—the defining 10 principles of design excellence in the 21st century. In this introductory course, you will learn the origin, evolution, and significance of each of the framework’s principles and examine how they advance progress toward a zero-carbon, healthy, just, resilient, and equitable built environment. Learn from real-world case studies showcasing successful implementations across diverse firms and project types. Plus, you’ll learn how to navigate the valuable online resources for each of the 10 principles to use in your design process for future projects.

Course expires on 2/04/2027.

1.0 LU|HSW