DP & R - Hurricane Response for Architects
Join us for a discussion of building for resilience. We’ll be looking at lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Port Aransas, Texas, and comparing it to vast destruction and loss of life from the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. We’ll also have a brief discussion on becoming a post-disaster building inspector, as well as the experience of being deployed to a disaster zone.
Brian Johnson, AIA, is a Seattle architect with special interest in disaster response and resilience. He spent months in Haiti during 2010 doing building damage assessments for Uniited Nations Operations (UNOPS) after the devastating earthquake. While in Haiti, he also assisted All Hands and Hearts Disaster Response with clearing destroyed buildings in the vicinity of the earthquake epicenter. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, he again joined All Hands and Hearts for cleanup in the Texas gulf region. He has ATC-20 and ATC-45 certification (Applied Technology Council — training in post-disaster safety evaluation of buildings). Mr. Johnson is a CalEMA-certified SAP Evaluator post-disaster building inspector.