Event COTE/AIAU: Resilience + Adaptation

June 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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COTE/AIAU Component + Sustainability Education Live Series: Resilience + Adaptation

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Get started on the path to integrating resilient design services into your firm and engaging, in a meaningful way, in resilience conversations and efforts. This session is the fourth and final of our AIAU Series. It will introduce resilience and adaptation foundations and offer key data points that will help you develop as a knowledgeable resource on the topic, support your efforts to integrate resilient design services into your firm, and be equipped to participate in local and national resilience conversations and efforts. Part of the session will cover content from the AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series, a multi-course series that provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to design for resilience.

The AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series is developed by the AIA as part of the resilience and adaptation initiative. Registrants will be given access to introductory course materials for reference before and after the event.

We will be joined by three esteemed panelists and moderator, Miguel Walker with Positive Energy, to discuss the recent events in Texas related to Winter Storm Uri; what went wrong and how we move forward from here.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe shocks and stresses most critical to the built environment and the important role of architects in protecting people and property.
  2. Explain the performance attributes of hazard mitigation, resilience, and adaptation as different approaches to address shocks and stresses in the built environment.
  3. Discuss the qualities and characteristics of resilient and adaptable design strategies.
  4. Describe different roles and responsibilities for architects forwarding resilience goals.


Charlie Upshaw
Charles Upshaw, PhD, Lead Engineer

Charlie Upshaw received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and spent several years as postdoctoral fellow of the Webber Energy Group also at the University of Texas. His specialty is the design and construction of hydronic heating and cooling systems for increased comfort and the highest of energy efficiency. His areas of expertise include integrated mechanical design, off-grid water system consulting, and renewable energy systems. Charlie led several student competitions including Power Across Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (2011 and 2013) and the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (2015). Charlie is also owner of IdeaSmiths, a company that supports innovators of energy-related technologies with research and development.

Joshua Rhodes
Joshua D. Rhodes, PhD, Consulting Associate
Joshua Rhodes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin as well as a founding partner at IdeaSmiths LLC. His current research is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy, especially policy that utilizes market forces to increase efficiencies. He consults on a broad range of energy topics as well as vetting for novel technologies – often sitting on vetting committees for companies looking to enter Austin’s technology incubators. He holds a double Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Masters in Computations Mathematics from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys CrossFit, mountain biking, rock climbing, and living it up in ATX.

Miguel Walker, Moderator

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