Designing to Heal

Designing to Heal

Designing to Heal

1 Formal CPD Point

Available on demand


What role can architects play in the rebuilding of communities after natural disasters? 

In this presentation Jenny Donovan explores how architects can best help communities recover from disasters, how it is different to normal circumstances and the personal qualities required to truly make a difference. 

Related Acumen notes:
Designing to heal: post-disaster rebuilding to assist community recovery – part A 
Designing to heal: post-disaster rebuilding to assist community recovery – part B designing a process and product for recovery

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This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Project Briefing
1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives.

Practice Management
9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service.
9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout project.

2021 Competencies:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct:
PC 2 Implement practice resources and apply ethical employment practice methods and quality assurance systems to facilitate efficient, consistent and timely delivery of architectural services. 
PC 7 Apply and follow processes for clear and consistent communication with clients and relevant stakeholders throughout the project, including obtaining approvals from clients and stakeholders. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

1. Identify and explain ways Architects can help communities recover after a disaster
2. List personal qualities which will assist in helping communities after trauma
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the trauma communities experience after disasters



    Jenny Donovan is the principal of Melbourne urban design practice Inclusive Design, Sessional international expert in placemaking for UN Habitat and sessional lecturer at La Trobe University. Her work focuses on creating places that facilitate people to meet their needs, thrive and fulfil their potential. Her work spans urban and landscape design and neighbourhood renewal in Australia, the UK and Ireland and post conflict and post disaster reconstruction in Montenegro, Palestine, Ireland, Ethiopia, Kosovo and Sri Lanka.






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