Architects Foundation expands National Resilience Initiative

The group is launching a search for three more NRI members.

October 13, 2015 |
Architects Foundation expands National Resilience Initiative

The NRI is a network of resilient design studios that help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Photo: International Disaster Volunteers/Creative Commons.

The Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), launched a nationwide request for partnership to add three more members to its National Resilience Initiative (NRI). The initiative is a network of resilient design studios that help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change.

Founded in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network will gather existing university-based design centers that work planning, facilitation and project implementation within their communities. The NRI’s goal is to pass along resilience design ideas and planning approaches that can be shared with local communities.

Currently, there are three existing NRI studios - Mississippi State (Gulf Coast / Southern Region), The University of Arkansas (Lower Mid-West Region), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (East Coast Region). The Foundation recently issued its first annual report on what the NRI studios have achieved, and a map of the network and the risks being addressed by each studio can be found here.

In issuing its first request for partnerships, the Foundation searching for three university-led, multi-disciplinary teams to implement the second phase of the NRI. In this phase, the Foundation is looking to find the next three studios for the Mid-Atlantic, Upper Mid-West and Pacific Northwest regions.

“These new studios — along with the three existing NRI studios — will represent the six regional areas of need for resilience planning within the ten federal regions designated as disaster-prone areas by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop. “These six members will form a strong resilient studio network backbone right where it’s needed most.”  

Applications are now being accepted through January 7, 2016. A selection announcement is expected by mid-February. The first annual convening of all six NRI charter members will take place in early May at Architects Foundation headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

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