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Beyond Disaster Mitigation: An AIA Architect in Haiti

Podcast: 2011/5/14 – 18:40

Presenters: Stacey L. McMahan, AIA and Eric J. Cesal, Assoc. AIA.

Moderator: Mike Crosbie, Ph.D., AIA

Stacey L. McMahan, AIA, LEED AP and Eric J. Cesal, Associate AIA, LEED AP join us today to talk about their work in Haiti and the role of regional ecologies on architectural practice.

The U.S. Green Building Council and the AIA co-sponsored a fellowship program for a sustainable design and building expert to lead a new community design studio established by Architecture for Humanity in Port-au-Prince. Stacey L. McMahan, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Koch Hazard Architects, was appointed as the Architecture for Humanity Sustainable Design Fellow for Haiti. Stacey left her position as a partner/principal at South Dakota’s Koch Hazard Architects for one year to work directly with the Haitian community on rebuilding efforts.

Eric J. Cesal, Associate AIA, LEED AP. A self-described “wandering misadventurer” in the fields of architecture, construction and writing, Eric is the author of “Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice.” He believes that design done well is an act of kindness, that construction is an act of will and that writing is a self-indulgence. Eric currently lives and works in Port Au Prince alongside a team of humanitarian architects.

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