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Mon 03.24.2014

Earthquakes - How Well Are We Prepared?


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, MARCH 24

Where: At The Center   

Seismologists, earthquake engineers, seismic code experts, emergency response managers, and architects conversant in seismic design for a conversation on available technologies and testing capabilities that, surprisingly, are located in New York State. They will clarify the evolving role of design professionals, the building industry, and municipal and federal agencies in safeguarding our local communities. They will educate the audience about the earthquakes, subsurface conditions, and construction approaches.


Sissy Nikolaou, PhD, PE, Senior Associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers and Director of its Geo-Seismic Department
Dr. Michael Constantinou, UB’s Structural Engineering & Earthquake Simulation Lab (SEESL)
Daniel J. Lemieux, AIA, Architect, WJE’s Washington, DC Office and Erik Sohn, Senior Associate, WJE’s Washington, DC Office
Georgi Petrov, PE, AIA, Associate, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP New York Structures Group
Melissa Umberger, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OME)

Dr. Effie Bouras
, Curator of the exhibition

Organized by
: Center for Architecture, the AIANY’s Design for Risk & Reconstruction Committee and the New York–Northeast (NYNE) Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

Price:  Free for AIA and EERI members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right
$10 for non-members

Watch the video of this program here.

This program is related to the exhibition Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, on view from February 13, 2014 to May 26, 2014. This event is an initiative of the 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.‘

Considering the Quake was originally presented at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto. At the Center for Architecture in New York, it includes an installation by SOFTLab in consultation with engineers from Arup.


Exhibition Curator: Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Exhibition Designer: SOFTLab and Pentagram


Exhibition Opening
Thursday, February 13, 2014,  6:00 pm - 8:00pm

Are We on Shaky Ground? Earthquakes and New York City
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Earthquakes – How well are we prepared?

Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hands-On Workshop: Understanding Earthquakes and Seismic Design
Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Earthquakes vs. Buildings
Saturday, April 26, 2014, Two sessions 11 am -1 pm and 2 - 4 pm

Exhibition Open House
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm





Tackable Acoustical Panels Sponsored by Robin Reigi Inc.

Printing and Signage Sponsored by Think Box Media


Surface Pros generously provided by Microsoft

Displays provided by Planar Systems

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