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Wind Design Considerations for the Central U.S.: Reducing the Impact of Disasters



Do you know about the new requirement for renewing your Illinois architect license this fall: a minimum of one hour of learning designed to reflect improved understanding of high winds or natural disasters? To help Illinois architects meet this requirement, AIA Illinois has planned a course to be taught by Rose Grant, AIA (Rose Grant, Architectural Services, Bloomington, IL). This learning falls within the 16 hours of HSW topics that are part of the mandatory 24 hours of continuing education.

As stated in the 2024 Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements, “Architects can play a key role in equitable and effective recovery from disasters. The AIA supports member training and active involvement in disaster assistance, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, providing insights and aid to communities before, during, and after a destructive event.”

The learning program will begin with a review of the wind hazard as it pertains to the State of Illinois (but content applicable to most midwestern states). Proper wind design is an essential first step for ensuring resilience and public safety in the built environment. The second portion of the training involves considerations of how wind forces act on a structure and a review of the various codes and standards that regulate wind design. The training will then progress to case studies of how severe wind events have damaged existing structures and will conclude with an introduction to the AIA Disaster Assistance Program and how architects can become involved in assisting their communities post-disaster.


Rose Geier Grant, AIA, CPCU
Principal at Rose Grant, Architectural Services

Rose is the president of Rose Grant Architectural Services, Inc. and is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois. For over 20 years Rose worked for State Farm in its Technology Research and Innovation Laboratory. There, she researched the performance attributes of buildings exposed to natural hazards. Field evaluations included responding to hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, and hailstorm disasters.   Rose has long been engaged in studying the effects of wind forces on buildings. In 2003 she presented research at the American Meteorological Society’s Symposium on the Fujita Scale and Severe Weather Damage Assessment. The following year she was an invited participant in a forum that developed recommendations to the National Weather Service to create the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF-Scale). In 2018 she served on a team of experts that developed FEMA P-2055 Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance.  Rose has served on numerous national committees, including the American Institute of Architects’ Blue Ribbon Panel for Codes and Standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Community Resilience Panel. She served as chair of the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee and co-chair of the AIA’s Resilience and Adaptation Advisory Group.  Rose shares her knowledge and expertise as a California Office of Emergency Services certified disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP) trainer.

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AIA Chicago


Monday | 07.22.2024


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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AIA Members: $35
Non-AIA Members: $50

Learning Unit:

1.5 LU/HSW

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