Posted by Yuko Okamura on Oct 24, 2013
Related program: Resilient Oklahoma & Rebuild Moore
While it has been 5 months since the tornadoes hit the Oklahoma region in May, communities are still recovering. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency numbers, an estimated 1,300 homes and two schools were destroyed by the storm, and the community is still struggling to get back on their feet. Students continue to attend school at temporary locations, and residents are just now obtaining building permits to begin their rebuilding efforts.
Veteran Architecture for Humanity volunteer, Tommy Stewart, AIA, AICP, LEED, has been on the ground meeting with those involved with the ongoing recovery efforts since May. In Oklahoma, he has been meeting with various local stakeholders in search for ways in which Architecture for Humanity can help the community rebuild resiliently against future storms.
Meeting regularly with local long-term reconstruction committees, Tommy has participated in the local dialogue to assess unmet needs and build partnerships. In moving our Resilient Oklahoma program forward, he was joined by studio director, Eric Cesal in mid-September, to meet with key organizations in the area. Through meeting these organizations, we look forward to further cultivating partnerships and to continue expanding the program's reach.
As announced in August, our Resilient Oklahoma Program will help us work with communities to implement a regional disaster resiliency plan in cities across Oklahoma, particularly in vulnerable communities. To begin, we are moving forward with plans to embed our design fellows deeply within these communities. In recent conversations with the City of Moore and FEMA, Architecture for Humanity is in conversation to have one design fellow embedded in each of these two parties, to maximize the program's impact. Each of these design fellows will be charged with assisting survivors in developing resilient strategies for community planning and home building.
Interested in Getting Involved?
We are still on the search for design fellows. Come join our team!
About the position:
Reporting to the Program Manager, the Design Fellow will work with local rebuilding organizations and travel to communities to engage community residents in public workshops. Through engaging with communities, we will work together to identify preparedness needs, available resources, and work to tailor community-specific solutions in vulnerable cities across Oklahoma.
Architecture for Humanity has been the leading nonprofit in providing designing solutions to post-disaster areas on a global scale. These positions present an opportunity to commit to making a positive impact in Oklahoma through the power of design. There is successful growth potential for candidates who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, intrepid and committed.
We look forward to hearing from you!