Monday, October 2, 2023

PR: AIA Connecticut Announces a Full-Day Seminar on Building Failures Caused by Natural Disasters




(New Haven, CT, May 24, 2018): The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is holding a one-day seminar on June 27th at their New Haven Training Facility. The program focuses on lessons learned from building failures caused by natural and man-made disasters as well as the liability issues arising from those failures. This is timely, given the recent tornado that devastated many parts of Connecticut.

Joe Lsitburek, Ph.D, has described his all day presentation as “not about gold and platinum albums or R&B, soul or jazz but earthquakes, nor’easters, floods, fire and snow. This presentation tackles the often-competing goals of energy efficiency, health, safety, comfort, durability and resiliency and focuses on what failure has taught us.” He is a building scientist who investigates building failures, a principal of Building Science Corporation, and an ASHRAE Fellow.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto. A licensed Professional Engineer since 1982, he has been referred to by The Wall Street Journal as “the dean of North American building science.”

Scott Smith of Smith Brothers USA will discuss the liability issues that result from these kinds of failures. He is a principal at Smith Brothers Insurance, LLC where he leads the Design Professionals’ practice group, which serves the insurance and risk management needs of over 1,000 architects and engineers in the Northeast.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the construction industry, emergency management, municipal facility management, and local government officials to learn more about the effects of natural disasters on new and existing buildings.

Please call 203-865-2195 or go to the following link for more information:

About AIA Connecticut:

AIA Connecticut serves the architectural profession, encourages design excellence, and works to improve society through a concern for the quality of the built and natural environments.  Activities of the chapter include continuing education programs, presentations by renowned architects, a speakers’ bureau on architectural topics, events on the design, construction, and historic preservation fields, advocacy on the State and Federal level, and an annual convention and design exposition.  For more information, visit AIA Connecticut’s website at