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.
AIA Response to Typhoon Haiyan
The thoughts and prayers of the AIA and its members go out to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. AIA President Mickey Jacob has released a statement explaining how the AIA has reached out to several professional associations in the region to offer condolences and support as we are able. Read the full statement from AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA.
We have heard from members who are eager to help. For many, there is a strong urge to get on the ground to aid in design and reconstruction. But it is important to remember that architects are not first-responders. Our partners at Architecture for Humanity have also released a 4 point guide on how architects can help, and the AIA will do whatever it can to elevate and support their efforts.
If you would like further information on the AIA's Disaster Assistance and Resilience programming, please contact the AIA Disaster Assistance Program.
View the slideshow below to see images of the storm-ravaged areas.