Architect honoured for disaster relief work


Architect Terrance Brown has been honoured by the American Institute of Architects with its Edward C. Kemper Award for his work following disasters.

He has trained more than 1,000 US and Canadian architects in ways to assist the urban environment in recovering from earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other disasters.

After the 9/11 attacks on the US, Brown was instrumental in developing programmes that prepare architects for work in disaster preparedness and recovery.


Florida architect Michael Lingerfelt, in endorsing Brown’s nomination, wrote: “[He] led the disaster assistance team in determining how architects could best help a shattered and horrified city and nation.”

In 2005, Brown, who flew helicopters as a soldier in Vietnam, led an initiative to add emergency response training to the profession’s previous focus on relief and recovery.

He also worked on rebuilding projects after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, along with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

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