The National Resilience Initiative

Design has the power to protect—with walls that withstand high winds, levies that adapt to surging water, and public health systems that suppress pandemics. The most successful communities are physically, socially, and economically resilient and adaptable, thriving in the face of acute and chronic threats.

That’s why the Foundation has partnered with the AIA, the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and others to launch the National Resilience Initiative—a network of community- and university-based design studios dedicated to helping communities establish better built environments.

It’s a valuable pursuit: Every dollar spent on mitigation saves $4 or more on response and recovery, according to FEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences.

The Initiative will unite architects from 6 design studios to start, with a goal of networking up to 20 design studios. These studios will link professionals to each other, and representatives from federal agencies and NGOs, among others. They will collaborate to develop systemic solutions, educate communities, develop and share best practices, support strategic programs, and shape policy.

The program will build upon each studio’s existing work and give them a platform to share model examples and research-based innovations that address representative issues throughout the U.S.

There are currently six National Resilience Initiative (NRI) Studios. The current studios include: