AIA Resilience and Adaptation Certificate Series

Do you want to integrate resilience into the design services your firm offers? The Resilience and Adaptation series is your answer. This exclusive multi-course series covers hazard mitigation, community resilience, and adaptation. Take all courses to learn best practices for mitigating risk for hazards, shocks, and stresses and adapting to changing conditions. Perfect for mid-career professionals.


Resilience + Adaptation—An Introduction. Course 1

This course introduces resilience and adaptation foundations and offers key data points that will help you develop as a knowledgeable resource on the topic, support your efforts to integrate resilient design services into your firm, and be equipped to participate in local and national resilience conversations and efforts.


Hazards, Vulnerability, and Risk in the Built Environment. Course 2

Learn how to recognize, anticipate, and plan for the impacts shocks and stresses have on communities and buildings. Explore the relationships between hazards, vulnerability, and risk in the built environment, and a holistic design process that protects public safety and reduces damage to property.


Responding to Climate Change. Course 3

Designing and building climate adaptive buildings is not a choice—it’s an imperative. Explore the obstacles—and opportunities—that climate change poses for architects.


Codes and Rating Systems for Resilience. Course 4.

Learn what level of property protection the codes provide and how to leverage rating systems to meet the beyond-code goals of your clients.


Conducting Vulnerability Assessments. Course 5

Learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments in new and existing buildings using a step-by-step process to make informed decisions about retrofits, renovations, and repairs to reduce damage from any hazard.


New Construction: Hazard Mitigation Strategies. Course 6.

Learn best practice hazard mitigation strategies that go beyond the existing code to protect your client’s investment and reduce risk in new building projects.


Existing Buildings: Hazard Mitigation Retrofits. Course 7.

Learn best practices for retrofitting and upgrading existing buildings— often beyond current building codes—to reduce potential damage from key hazards.


Professional Risk and the Business Case for Resilience. Course 8.

Best practices for guiding developers and building owners on how to best address their level of risk


Community Design & Engagement for Resilience. Course 9

Through examples and case studies, this course will demonstrate how an individual project can extend benefits beyond its borders with best practices for engaging communities and addressing the interdependencies that make communities more vulnerable to shocks.

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