The Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee, DfRR, is set up to explore and address the poten­tial for the design com­mu­nity to mit­i­gate and adapt to dis­as­ters through the built environment.


The mis­sion of the com­mit­tee is to fos­ter aware­ness within the pro­fes­sion and the pub­lic of the neces­sity to antic­i­pate risk from the scale of a build­ing to com­pre­hen­sive regional plan­ning. The committee’s goals are to for­mu­late pro­grams and develop professional-public part­ner­ships that pro­vide a forum for greater risk aware­ness. The sequence from design­ing for risk to mit­i­gate nat­ural and man-made dis­as­ters, dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, dis­as­ter relief response and recov­ery, and recon­struc­tion will be exam­ined in order to improve the abil­ity of the designed envi­ron­ment to aes­thet­i­cally, func­tion­ally, tech­ni­cally, and eco­nom­i­cally serve and pro­tect the health, safety and wel­fare of its inhabitants.


The 2016 DfRR co-chairs are:


The DfRR Com­mit­tee meets on the sec­ond Wednes­day of every month.



The Board of the AIA New York chap­ter for­mally estab­lished the DfRR Com­mit­tee on May 17, 2011 and sanc­tioned the com­mit­tee name on June 21, 2011.  Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Illya Azaroff, AIA, were found­ing co-chairs.