At last year's AIA Convention, the American Institute of Architects Foundation announced the first location in the then-new Regional Resilience Design Studios program, a national network of design studios focusing on resiliency projects. This week, during AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, the foundation announced two more additions to the network.
The inaugural studio is at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Resilient Design, in Newark, N.J. On Thursday, the foundation announced two more studios: Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Miss., and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Both studios are part of the university architecture schools.
These studios have been working on resiliency projects for several years. The Community Design Center, the older of the two new additions, was founded in 1995. The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio was founded in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.
The Regional Resilience Design Studios fall under the foundation's National Resilience Initiative. The program began as a partnership between Public Architecture, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Architecture for Humanity, which announced that it was filing for bankruptcy in January. The Design Studios program has added a new partner, the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture.