If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the good humanitarian work of Architecture For Humanity, there’s an even better chance to volunteer now through your local chapters. The American Institute of Architects and Architecture For Humanity have announced a major strategic partnership that will expand the industry’s commitment to disaster assistance and long-term reconstruction. While the two organizations’ missions are different, they have recognized their complementary skills and the new collaboration will provide architects a way to use those strengths in their local community. We couldn’t be more thrilled that these two organizations are teaming up and providing more options for volunteering.

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Both the AIA and the Architecture for Humanity are committed to volunteering and humanitarian relief efforts, especially in local communities. With the increase in natural disasters over the past few years, there is a pressing need for architects to to be trained in disaster response techniques so they assist their community when a disaster strikes. The two organizations will combine and enhance their existing disaster related resources and develop new programs and education targeted toward AIA members, allied professionals, and the general public.

“Too many communities struggle after a disaster with issues related to the ongoing safety and viability of their built environment,” saidRobert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer of the AIA. “This partnership with Architecture for Humanity will help architects everywhere acquire the tools, training, and leadership skill to make meaningful contributions when their community needs them most.”

The first program of the partnership will be to provide grants to local components and chapters who want to work with local government agencies on planning, training and other critical disaster relief initiatives. In addition the new partnership will work to provide more opportunities for architects to volunteer in their local communities. We’re excited about this new partnership and expect to see great things come as a result.

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