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Update on the Philippines and the Relief Effort

A mil­i­tary C-130 plane arrives in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban, a city in Leyte province in cen­tral Philip­pines. Pho­to­graph by Aaron Favila/AP.

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, rg@rgitect.com or through contact@designforrisk.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.


Donor Assis­tance Organizations

mGive Foun­da­tion

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

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion
Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral, New York