Design, Health, and Resilience

ACSA is partnering with AIA to develop research, scholarship, and curricular resources to develop explicit connections between design,  health, and resilience. Two rounds of AIA Decade of Design grants have been offered, with additional grants anticipated in 2016.

AIA Announces Recipients of Decade of Design Grants
Awards Focus on Resilient Design Approaches

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have announced the winners of the second round of Decade of Design research grants, part of a ten-year AIA commitment to develop design and technology solutions for cities that address challenges faced on public health, sustainability and resiliency to natural disasters.

The awards, which total $40,000 in this round, were given to North Carolina State and Carnegie Mellon universities.

North Carolina State was awarded $20,000 to conduct research into “Proactive Recovery Community Structures” for the Outer Banks and to develop an interdisciplinary research team to address critical recovery issues in the wake of the 20 hurricanes that have hit the state’s coastline since 1950.

Carnegie Mellon was awarded $20,000 to develop a new design work flow and decision-making tools for urban planning, specifically geared to rain-induced flooding and storm-water infrastructure. The project was developed in conjunction with an urban system initiative at Carnegie Mellon. The intent of this imitative is to connect the urban data, data science and systems within built environments to better inform decision and planning and improve the quality of life and sustainability of cities.

"Both of these awards represent the best of our profession’s visionary thinking – inspired by our profession’s dream of creating more resilient and verdant places to work and play," said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. "We look forward to seeing the results of this research and continuing this AIA’s commitment."

The AIA first announced the Decade of Design in 2012 as its Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.

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