There is side to architecture, less glamorous and perhaps a bit more hazardous, where architects are working in public service and volunteering to help rebuild and improve our communities. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) calls this role “Citizen Architect.”
My goal is to organize, empower, and support communities to come together and see new opportunities so that people feel connected and become self-sufficient, and communities more resilient.
A 2010 Architects Without Borders post earthquake work trip to Haiti provided a sneak peak into these alternate roles, architects serving in disaster response and community service. I invite you to follow my “daily posts archive” and share in the conversation about this unseen side of architecture. (Daily posts are listed on the right side)
After returning from the 2010 Haiti post earthquake response work, I completed an SAP (Safety Assessment Program) Trainer course via the CA Emergency Management ATC-20 and ATC-45 program and became the WI AIA State Disaster Assistance Coordinator.
In September 2015 I joined forces with Namaste Nepal on a rebuilding program to help Nepali families recover from the April and May 2015 earthquakes.
Today, I work for the City of Madison Planning Department and serve as Vice-Chair of the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, and continue to act as the AIA WI Co-State Disaster Assistance Coordinator.
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