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2015 AIA President-Elect chimes in; United Architects of the Philippines National President joins speaker lineup in Symposium

By A. Lira V. Luis posted 10-12-2014 11:06 AM

The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will challenge speakers as well as the delegates to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, the symposium will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

Upon learning about the upcoming symposium, the 2015 AIA National President-Elect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, said "The symposium sounds awesome. I commend your efforts to help rebuild after the terrible Typhoon Haiyan. Resilience is a major focus area for the AIA."

Members of the U.S. Whitehouse also shared their insights:

“Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked out, and a unique role for (Filipino) architects defined. (This) symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches,” said USA Ambassador (ret) John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society.

“Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda was very devastating and horrible. Having witnessed its impacts firsthand and assisted in rebuilding, I saw the tremendous amount of work going on including all the help that’s happening around the world. I’m delighted to hear of the efforts being made toward this symposium. It sounds super special, positive, innovative, and I hope it will go a long way,” shared Billy Dec, The Whitehouse, US President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will be held in the Philippines in one of the country's important cultural landmarks (built by its National Artist for Architecture) the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The National President of the United Architects of the Philippines, Ar. Maria Benita Ochoa-Regala FUAP ASEAN will grace the event as one of the speakers.

Maria Benita Ochoa-Regala FUAP ASEAN

Ultimately the Symposium aims to: Organize a genuinely collaborative post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilizes wide-ranging local, national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help Tacloban and its neighboring cities rebuild with resilience; Engage different schools of thought from design, science, technology and business, through interdisciplinary discourse and group activities both during and after the symposium; Birth a new school of architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts, which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide; Develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond.

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