There are architects working in professional and volunteer roles to help rebuild and improve resilience for our communities.    My goal  is to organize, empower, and support communities to come together and find new opportunities that make them more self-sufficient and resilient.

I invite you to follow my resilience journey through the “daily posts archive” 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.

house2_paintedaOn Feb. 2, 2013, I traveled with a team of  23 volunteers traveled to a region in El Salvador previously hit by earthquakes and hurricanes to work building homes for local families.

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 University of Wisconsin Madison, serve as a CalOES SAP Trainer for the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, and continue to act as the AIA WI Co-State Disaster Assistance Coordinator.

We invite you to join the conversation. 

24 thoughts on “CITIZEN ARCHITECT

  1. Linda Linssen

    Today is your day.
    You’re off to Great Places!
    You’re off and away!

    You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself
    any direction you choose.

    — Dr. Seuss
    from Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  2. Jerian

    If compassion was the motivating factor behind all our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place? ~ Cheryl Crow.
    If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ The Dalai Lama
    If someone shows kindness, caring and a willingness to help others, they’re showing compassion. You have that in abundance my dear friend. Now you have found a way to share it. What a wonderful thing!
    Love ya,

  3. Darria McDonald

    What an honor that I get to run the half with you! I also pledge $2/mile toward the project. Where your feet go shows the impulse of your heart. Clapping my hands for your feet and your heart! Way to go!

    1. architectunseen Post author

      Thank you so much for your pledge Darria – you have already supported me in so many ways. I am lucky to be running this race along side you. I mean that figuratively because all I’ll see is the blur as you speed past me at the start….. and then your smiling face at the end.

  4. James Beal

    OK, I knew the whole “architect” and “disaster” thing rang a bell. It’s because of this: “Don Schramm did not begin his career with disasters in mind. Trained as an architect, interested in passive solar design, he had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and then as program director in Chile. In each country, he experienced an earthquake. “In Venezuela, I was living in a metal shack in a barrio,” he recalls, “and the quake sounded like a train coming across the tin roofs.”

    1. architectunseen Post author

      Thank you for your very generous support Linda! Yes, training hard. Ran 7 miles yesterday, that’s half way to the half marathon. Your friendship and encouragement are what I appreciate above all.

  5. Team BG

    As non-runners, we can only imagine that every mile gets harder, so mile 13 should be worth more than mile 1. We’re in for $0.50 for the first mile, $1 for the second mile, etc—-math nerd brother says that’s a factoral donation. Run janine run!

  6. Tom Papak

    Hey Janine, put me down for $1 a mile. Carolyn and I just got back from Key West, and it was fantastic! Best of luck with everything.


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