About the Program
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.
Resources for Responders
AIA Disaster Assistance and Resilience Program
The AIA, with guidance from members on the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, is committed to provide advocacy, education, and training for architects to engage in disaster response. Since 1972, the AIA has encouraged and trained members to provide voluntary damage assessments for homes and small businesses following disaster. This invaluable service protects the public, collects data, and speeds recovery.
We also recognize that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. FEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences have reported that every $1 spent on mitigation saves at least $4 on response and recovery and architects are uniquely qualified to participate in all phases of emergency management, which includes preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. The design thinking and problem solving skills of architects are critical to achieving more resilient built environment.