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Incorporating resilience measures into designing and planning for the future can be supported by the following programs and resources.

At a time when extreme weather events are increasingly common and communities are fractured by environmental degradation, population growth, and migration, resilience—of both structures and communities—is of the utmost importance. By understanding and addressing shocks and stresses, architects design environments that reduce harm and property damage, adapt to evolving conditions, and more readily, effectively, and efficiently recover from adverse events. To this end, AIA has collaborated and partnered with federal agencies and worldwide organizations, including the Resilience Building Coalition—a coalition of more than 50 signatories of the Building Industry Statement on Resilience in which each commits to invest in research, education, advocacy, response efforts, and comprehensive planning for more resilient communities—to advance the resilience and adaptive capacity of our communities. The education, tools, and resources below can help make your firm, projects, and community more resilient.  

Explore the foundations of resilience

AIA’s Resilience Initiative is rooted in AIA’s boots-on-the-ground disaster response that is part of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program and AIA Communities by Design program. Yet the initiative strives to prevent disastrous damage by helping people make better choices during design and development. Resilience requires a multidisciplinary, systems-based design approach to addressing the social, economic, and environmental shocks and stresses to achieve sustainable, resilient, and adaptable communities.  Draw upon the following resources for terminology, principals, and methods to incorporate risk awareness, hazard mitigation, and climate adaptation into client and colleague conversations.

Learn hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community resilience best practices

The challenges of increasing disaster risk are complex and demand design innovation. These case studies and strategies for hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community resilience will help you tackle the shocks and stresses that prevent our communities—and our clients—from thriving.

Incorporate resilience into your firm’s design services

Architects have a role in addressing the  rapidly changing climate and other hazard risks in their design work. It starts with how you practice. Use these how-to resources and tools to transform your projects and practice.

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