To the Design for Risk & Reconstruction community:
The situation in the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon’s devastation is challenging. We are distressed and frustrated as well because of our special focus and training.
In addition to our own attempts to find how relief is being organized and how best to help, DfRR Member Richard Gonzalez, AIA, who was on the ground in Haiti, has agreed to keep us informed about ways to be of assistance as we move forward. For now, what we are trying to do is to get funds to the architectural community in the Philippines to help them in their work in response to this catastrophe.
What follows are two statements — the first is from AIANY/DfRR, and the second from AIA national that includes a suggestion about how and where to donate [in short, through Architecture for Humanity]. At the end is a list of other sources DfRR has identified so far.
As Cooper Martin, the AIA’s Director of Resilient Communities, wrote Illya last Thursday, “Humanitarian aid is most important right now, but we are exploring our options for the reconstruction efforts that will come in the months ahead.”
Please keep us informed about your own intelligence and efforts to support recovery efforts, either through Richard Gonzalez at, firstname.lastname@example.org or through email@example.com .
Our hearts go out to our fellow professionals and to the entire Filipino nation as it copes with this extraordinary disaster.
AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Co-Chair
Illya Azaroff, AIA, Co-Chair
Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, Co-Chair
Statement from AIANY / DfRR (Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
The Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) of the AIA New York Chapter, following on the work of its predecessor, the AIANY’s Disaster Preparedness Task Force (DPTF), considers each man-made or natural catastrophe as distinct. As more members of the local architectural community are trained in disaster response, we will be better available to help with post-disaster assistance in the New York Metropolitan Area and to travel to other areas in need. Distance and logistics are of consequence, but we can still be of use in locations near and far.
When the terrorist attack of 9/11 occurred, the Japan Institute of Architects (JAI) sent $10,000 to AIA New York as aid to architects in need. We were able to reply in kind two years ago after the Japanese tsunami.
For other impacted areas, the AIA New York Chapter committed similar amounts for the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans and the Gulf States. Five thousand dollars of AIANY funds went to each of four organizations there: AIA New Orleans, AIA Louisiana and Mississippi State University, along with Architecture for Humanity.
As capacity grows in the Philippines and need is defined, DfRR and AIANY will increase our engagement. For the moment, given the situation on the ground, providing economic support will best help our fellow professionals get up to speed to do what most needs to be done.
To that end we support AIA National in its suggestion for contribution of funds after the current devastation in the Philippines, including its recommendation for a partnership with Architecture for Humanity. We encourage individuals and firms to donate to the relief agencies that they know best or to those listed on the DfRR website.
Statement from the American Institute of Architects
Architects Issue Statement on Typhoon Haivan, Commits to Sharing Expertise and Knowledge to Help Those in Typhoon’s Wake
Contact: John Schneidawind 202–626-7457
For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – November 12, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the devastation in the central Philippines wrought by Typhoon Haivan. Please attribute to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:
“Architects and AIA members everywhere extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the many people affected by Typhoon Haivan in the Philippines and elsewhere in the Pacific.
“Through our national Disaster Assistance Committee, the American Institute of Architects has reached out to the International Union of Architects (UIA), Architects Regional Council of Asia (arcasia) and other professional associations in larger regions to offer any support we can to the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). Additionally, we have been in close contact with our partner Architecture for Humanity, which is in the early stages of its response efforts
“AIA members are passionate advocates for training and education to improve a community’s disaster resilience, response and recovery. The AIA is committed to sharing resources, knowledge and expertise to help those affected by Typhoon Haivan’s devastation and rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
“For the moment, though, as initial relief work is being performed in the aftermath of the storm to stabilize daily life, the most important thing we can do is to contribute to organizations who are actively responding to this crisis. We encourage everyone to make a contribution to relief groups including Architecture For Humanity, or any other organizations you know and trust.”
To make a donation to Architecture For Humanity, please go to http://architectureforhumanity.org, or Text-To-Give 85944; keyword “rebuild” to donate $10.
“The AIA is committed to supporting our colleagues around the world to actively assist communities devastated by disasters to respond, recover and rebuild.”
About the American Institute of Architects:
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.
RELIEF ASSISTANCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDA/ HAIYAN
Donor Assistance Organizations
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Philippine National Red Cross (PRC)
Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc. (HTFI), New Jersey
Philippine Consulate General, New York