Resilience refers to the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. The AIA is committed to creating safe, secure, and resilient communities.
The Disaster Assistance Program supports a nation-wide network of architects who help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
In the face of rising costs for disaster and uncertain weather patterns, architects can help communities mitigate damage, improve performance, and lead a movement in resilient design.
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A volunteer helps clean up Jean McAdams' mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images
Candice Lopez (L) and Stephanie Davis help clean debris from Thelma Cox's mobile home after it was destroyed by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images
Volunteers help clean out Jean McAdams' mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images
A home sits damaged after a tornado moved through the area May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images
A piece of corrugated tin is draped over a power line after a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images
The AIA supports policies, programs, and practices that promote adaptable and resilient buildings and communities. We provide our members with advocacy, research, and training tools to engage in all phases of disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and adaptation.
Share this one-page resource that illustrates the AIA's role in promoting resilient buildings and communities. Read about the AIA's Framework for Resilience to support its constituents in this effort.
This network is comprised of dedicated volunteer AIA members who serve as the Disaster Assistance Coordinators for their state. The AIA has been busy recruiting and training Disaster Assistance Coordinators around the country, especially in regions that tend to be hardest hit by disaster.
Five case studies provide valuable lessons learned from disaster response efforts like the Joplin tornado, the Calexico earthquake, and the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Several federal agencies provide resources on disaster assistance programs, including search and rescue, safety evaluation, and long-term recovery planning (page coming soon!)
Depending on your state’s laws, architects may be exposed to liability for volunteering their services. Find out more about legislation to limit liability.
When disasters strike, the most effective response and recovery efforts are coordinated at the local level. Without the dedicated volunteers who seek out training and build relationships with emergency managers, the AIA would be incapable of responding during times of crisis.
Safety assessment is the process of evaluating the safety of structures for immediate occupancy and continued use.
The AIA Disaster Assistance Committee supports California’s Safety Assessment Program as its preferred standard of training.
This two-day performance-level course will provide professionals with the training necessary to integrate resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas.