AIA Adds Session on New Orleans Reconstruction

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com








Washington, D.C. – The American
Institute of Architects

announced it was adding a session to its two-day conference on Haiti
reconstruction to address the efforts of New Orleans to recover from
the twin disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous BP oil spill
last year.
 
The two-day AIA Summit on Haiti is being held on Thursday –
one day after the first anniversary of the Haitian earthquake of 2010
– at the Loew’s Hotel in New Orleans. Organizations
participating in the AIA’s Haiti conference include The
American Red Cross, National Urban League – Greater New Orleans, Adecco
Group North America, United States Green Building Council, Architecture
for Humanity, National Organization of Minority Architects, Public
Architecture and Black Design Network News.
 
The second session of the two-day conference puts the spotlight on New
Orleans, where participants will hear first-hand accounts of how New
Orleans is rebounding from natural and man-made disasters. The program
will feature renowned local speakers and panel case studies on New
Orleans. 
 
The AIA announced last month that it would sponsor the Haiti conference
on how to expand volunteer opportunities for the building and design
industry in that ravaged and impoverished nation.
 
The meeting comes as the AIA implements a resolution passed unanimously
in September by its Board of Directors that expresses support for the
Haitian architectural community and commits to developing a process
under which AIA volunteers will be able to provide assistance to those
affected by the earthquake. That resolution followed a joint AIA/USGBC
announcement in July naming Stacey McMahan, AIA, LEED AP, as the
Architecture for Humanity Sustainable Design Fellow to lead
AFH’s sustainable rebuilding efforts in Haiti. McMahan has
been working directly with community members in Architecture for
Humanity’s Rebuilding Center based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Ms. McMahan will also be attending the conference.
 
The Haiti conference is the latest AIA effort in the past year to
assist Haiti with expertise and contributions. Immediately after the
earthquake a year ago, the AIA offered assistance to its members on
where to send financial donations and resources. In April, the Puerto
Rico Chapter of the AIA hosted a conference that united Haitian design
experts with other Pan Caribbean professionals to examine the current
status of Haitian infrastructure, identify strategic areas of support
and plan for local, regional and national development. A website was
also developed: www.aiaforhaiti.org.

 


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