First Regional Resilience Design Studio Slated For Newark

The AIA Foundation revealed the location for the first of five design studios across the country.
By Sara Johnson, Architect Magazine posted June 26, 2014

The American Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF) revealed the first location of a new series of design studios on Thursday.

AIAF president George Miller, FAIA, and executive director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop announced at AIA Convention 2014 that the first Regional Resilience Design Studio will be at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Resilient Design, located in Newark, N.J.

“The work that we intend to do is already in their DNA,” Bloodworth Botop says, speaking to ARCHITECT later Thursday.

This Newark location is the first of five studios that will work on localized resilience projects in places across the country. The studios are a collaboration project with Architecture for Humanity, Public Architecture, the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, and the Clinton Global Initiative. This first studio will officially launch in July, Bloodworth Botop says.

AIAF also announced that this first studio will be funded by a $250,000 grant from Benjamin Moore. Bloodworth Botop says that this grant will fund salaries for a national program director and a chief resilience architect for the Newark studio, as well as additional startup costs.

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