Last month the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nonprofit Architecture for Humanity teamed up to launch, a new website that promises to help architects contribute to recovery and rebuilding efforts after a disaster strikes. Because natural disasters are often unpredictable and unavoidable, and the period after a storm, earthquake or other disaster hits is usually followed by confusion and disorganization, this new hub for information will better equip individuals in expediting recovery efforts in afflicted communities.

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With natural disasters increasing in both frequency and intensity, there is an urgent need around the world for more architects and design professionals to be trained in disaster response techniques. The Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Program will seek to train and provide resources to architects so that they can work with their communities and facilitate the transition from a disaster towards a long-term recovery.

One of the first projects that the new partnership between AIA and Architecture for Humanity will be the Disaster Plan Grant Program, which will provide grants to architects who are developing disaster plans in cities across the US. Applications are currently being accepted for grants of $1,000 to $2,000 to be used to train architects, engage disaster management professionals, document previous disaster response activity, or in some other way prepare for disasters.

Photos by United Nations Development Programme and EDV Media Director