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AIA Group Hosts Forum on Seismic Design

World class experts will advise architects at an upcoming Seismic Event organized by The American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley (AIASCV) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) on October 2, 2009.

The earthquake tremors experienced after the Sichuan, China earthquake in 2008, resulting in 87,587 deaths, and Loma Preita's $8 billion property damages in 1989, are some of the reasons why architects seek to update their knowledge of effective seismic design practices.

Christopher Arnold, FAIA, will moderate a forum of world-class seismic experts at Stanford University to help architects, engineers, and other professionals learn how to prevent needless loss of property and lives from inadequately designed buildings, at the event. Recently, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) of Oakland, California, with a grant from FEMA/DHS, appointed Christopher Arnold, FAIA, to lead a team of seismic professionals to update an earlier AIA publication to provide architects a current, highly illustrated, interesting and comprehensive manual. Arnold, founding principal of Building Systems Development, Inc., is known for his contributions to the field of seismic design, including: research and publications, extensive service on state and national boards/committees, recognition from California Earthquake Safety Foundation with their Alfred E. Alquist Award and elevation by the American Institute of Architects to Fellow (FAIA) for exceptional contributions to the architectural profession, a designation conferred upon less than 3% of US architects.

Arnold, along with the co-authors of the newly updated Designing for Earthquakes: A Manual for Architects, along with other seismic experts, will present current and innovative ways to increase building seismic performance October 2 at Stanford's Tresidder Union.

Arnold noted, "This event and the manual enable professionals who may lack engineering or seismic expertise to understand how to apply practical and low-cost construction guidelines to prevent or minimize seismic damage for a wide range of building types."

The AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter is a non-profit professional association serving over 600 member architects, associates and other industry professionals from over 145 firms. Founded in 1950, AIASCV is a responsible organization, and active chapter, providing professional, social and legislative programs for its membership, including this event.

Source: Business Wire
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