Director, Built Environment Policy, American Institute of Architects
Rachel Minnery, FAIA is an architect with over 15 years of design and management experience in both the public and private sector on building and planning projects with a focus on environmentally and socially responsible design. She is the Director of Built Environment Policy at the American Institute of Architects in Washington DC overseeing the institute’s programs for codes & standards, disaster, resilience and community development. Rachel frequently speaks and writes on issues in the built environment related to natural disasters, resilience, and public-interest design.
As former-chair of the national American Institute of Architect’s Disaster Assistance Committee and co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle, Rachel advocates for and organizes architects to contribute volunteer design services to communities in great need. She has led groups of volunteer architects to disaster-stricken places, particularly Washington, Mississippi and Haiti, responding to floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. AIA National honored her with the 2013 Young Architect Award. She is also the recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award and Outstanding Alumni Award from Ball State University.