The Architect’s Role in Designing for Climate Change Adaptation
Architects have immense power in their ability to design projects that can promote climate adaptation to design for an increasingly changing world. The recent Fourth National Climate Assessment highlights the vulnerability of the built environment in the face of climate threats like sea level rise and extreme weather events, while stressing the importance of reducing risk through adaptation.
AIA connects our members with resources supporting AIA’s value statements: “We stand for protecting communities on the frontline of climate change… Resilient and adaptable buildings are a community’s first line of defense against disasters and changing conditions of life and property.”
The following resources can help promote climate adaptation into day-to-day work of architects and improve the broader community impact of the projects they work on.
AIA Climate Adaptation Resources
Using the eight Fundamentals of Resilient and Climate Adaptive Design can work to reduce harm and property damage, adapt to evolving conditions, and more readily, effectively, and efficiently recover from adverse events.
Moving people and communities away from disaster-prone zones will be difficult even under the best circumstances. But it can be done in ways that don’t perpetuate racial and socioeconomic inequities. Read the latest from AIA’s Blueprint for Better.
Architects must be part of the solution; designing buildings that both adapt to climate impacts and mitigate global warming. AIAU’s Responding to Climate Change course shows you how with an interactive approach to exploring data, innovative design strategies, and case studies that highlight how building design can adapt to—and even slow—climate change.