Christine Liaukus, RA, CPHC

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Christine Liaukus has been working in the world of environmentally conscientious design for over twenty years. Prior to joining the Center, Christine was a Project Architect with the New York firm Chris Benedict R.A., creating environmentally responsible affordable housing. Preceding this, she was an associate at Steven Winter Associates, building systems consultants, where she advised builders across the country on technical issues through the Department of Energy Building America program and HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. While pursuing her Master's degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon, Christine was a research fellow at the University's Center for Housing Innovation. Christine has also worked as a residential energy auditor in New Jersey and Georgia. Christine is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the US Green Building Council, and is the first Certified Passive House Consultant in New Jersey.

Deane Evans, FAIA

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Deane Evans has dedicated his career to creating innovative ways to improve the built environment – through better design, through the development and use of better technology, and through the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. A registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Evans began his career in private practice, applying his technical and management expertise to construction technology and building performance problem solving. Clients included corporations, government agencies, trade associations, foreign companies, and nonprofit organizations. As his career advanced, Mr. Evans assumed increasingly higher levels of management responsibility, eventually accepting a series of appointments to nationally prominent positions within the construction industry and with the federal government. From these positions, Mr. Evans concentrated on creating, promoting, and disseminating practical information and guidelines focused on enhancing the quality of buildings and communities nationwide. Currently, Mr. Evans directs the Center for Building Knowledge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he continues to develop resources for architects and builders to create educational tools for the many nontechnical stakeholders involved in shaping the built environment.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Center for Resilient Design
University Heights
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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“We face incredible challenges related to climate change: sea level rise, an increasing number of storms, draught, fire, the list goes on and on,” says College of Architecture and Design professor Georgeen Theodore. “We absolutely need to plan for these events, and this includes what to do before, during and immediately after a disaster.” >>
Nearly four years ago, Hurricane Sandy barreled up the New Jersey coast, leaving communities both along the shore and inland decimated in her wake. In the Delaware Bayshore area in Cumberland County, many small towns were flooded by the storm surge. Among them was Greenwich Township, where dikes built in the 1600s to protect its village and farms and already breached were significantly worsened by the hurricane. Also greatly affected was the ecosystem just behind the dikes, which plays a vital role in both the local environment and economy. >>
Deane Evans, executive director of the NJIT Center for Resilient Design and professor Richard Garber, director of the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT, participated in a “Resilient and Sustainable Cities: Bridging from COP21 to Habitat III” symposium in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. >>
Deane Evans, executive director of NJIT's Center for Resilient Design, provided closing remarks on a panel session during the 2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Conference in Orlando, Florida. >>
NJIT's Center for Resilient Design hosted a one-day workshop on how to use concrete to make single-family homes more resilient and sustainable. >>

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Key CRD Personnel

Deane Evans, FAIA
​Executive Director


Christine Liaukus, RA, CPHC
Housing and Community Development Program Manager

Terra Meierdierck, MAT
Outreach Program Manager

Victoria Dollon
Project Assistant
 
Richard Baldwin
Technical Consultant
 
Everett Aldrich
Project Assistant
 
Zohaeb Atiq
Project Assistant
 
Kristen Juan
Project Assistant

 

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The New Jersey Institute of Technology established the Center for Resilient Design in late 2012 – in the immediate aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. The Center’s founding mission was to serve as a resource to help New Jersey communities recover from the effects of Sandy – first as a special program within the College of Architecture and Design (COAD) and then as a full-fledged center within the university. 
These activities soon evolved into broader explorations of how these same communities could become more resilient in the face of future events. Building on lessons learned in New Jersey, the Center has become a research, technical assistance, and training institution focused on improving the resilience of buildings and communities in the face of natural disasters and other stresses to inform and support disaster-resilience initiatives in other jurisdictions across the US and beyond.

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Center Director Cited in Star-Ledger

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Center Director Cited in Star-Ledger

Then Center Director Tom Dallessio was quoted in the June 30, 2014 Star-Ledger, addressing the critical challenges of making bay communities more resilient. Read More.

AIA Foundation Selects NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design for First Resiliency Studio

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AIA Foundation Selects NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design for First Resiliency Studio

At the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Foundation announced that NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design would be the first of five design studios across the country to address the challenges and opportunities related to resiliency. Read more.  

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AIA Foundation Announces First Regional Resilient Design Studio; Investment by Benjamin Moore & Co. 

Studio Located in Newark, N.J. Contact:  John Schneidawind 202-626- 7457 johnschneidawind@aia.org http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2014 – The AIA Foundation (AIAF), a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), today announced the site of AIAF’s first Regional Resilience Design Studio, funded with an initial $250,000 social impact investment by Benjamin Moore & Co. The studio will be housed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Resilient Design, based in Newark, N.J. AIAF President George H. Miller, FAIA, announced the location of the Studio and the Benjamin Moore grant at the AIA’s Annual Convention, the largest gathering of the architecture community in the United States. The Studio is the first to be launched as part of the AIA Foundation’s National Resilience Program, which plans to open a total of five Regional Resilience Design Studios nationwide in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, and Public Architecture. “We would like to thank Benjamin Moore for seeing the value in this effort and for continuing to be a partner with the AIA Foundation so that we can work with our partners to make communities stronger both before and after disasters,” said AIAF Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop, CFRE. “Without Benjamin Moore’s leadership and commitment, this initiative wouldn’t be possible.” “We’re thrilled to be the founding corporate partner with the AIA Foundation, Architecture for Humanity, Public Architecture and the greater design community for this landmark initiative,” said Mike Searles, President and CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. “Building resilient, sustainable communities is core to who we are as a company and is a part of everything we do from our innovative product portfolio to the services and color tools we provide to the broader design community,” Searles said. “We will work with the AIA Foundation to launch the National Resilience Program and provide a fresh, new approach to how architects can learn, engage and create a more resilient future.” "Natural disasters are a real and imminent threat, and we need to find responses that examine not only where we build, but also, if we build, then how,” said Urs P. Gauchat, Dean of NJIT's College of Architecture and Design. “NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design wants to thank the AIA Foundation for this opportunity to help communities in the Northeast anticipate and recover more quickly from natural disasters." Bloodworth Botop joined AIAF in February after serving as Senior Adviser and Director of Strategic Development for Architecture for Humanity and is responsible for all programs and activities related to the AIAF mission. 

About AIA Foundation. The AIA Foundation preserves, honors and advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public. As a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Foundation is the preeminent voice and advocate for architecture and design in America. The AIA Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.

About Benjamin Moore & Co. Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America's leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices and continues to develop the most eco-responsible formulations possible. In 2012, the company's Natura® paint received the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, acknowledging its high degree of sustainability plus rigorously tested performance. Other superior products in the Benjamin Moore Green Promise® portfolio include Aura®, Regal® Select, ben® and Ultra Spec® 500 paint for commercial interiors – all built upon our patented Gennex® platform that has changed the industry and earned the passion and loyalty of homeowners and professional painters by delivering extremely low-VOC and peerless beauty and performance. J.D. Power and Associates 2014 Interior Paint Satisfaction Study ranked Benjamin Moore highest in consumer satisfaction, marking the fourth consecutive year and fourth time the company has earned this rating. Benjamin Moore paints deliver authentic Benjamin Moore colors and are available exclusively from Benjamin Moore's network of paint and decorating dealers.   AIA Media Relations 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC20006-5292 Telephone: 202-626-7467 Facsimile: 202-626-7365 E-mail: media@aia.org          

First Regional Resilience Design Studio Slated For Newark

The AIA Foundation revealed the location for the first of five design studios across the country. The American Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF) revealed the first location of a new series of design studios on Thursday. AIAF president George Miller, FAIA, and executive director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop announced at AIA Convention 2014 that the first Regional Resilience Design Studio will be at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Resilient Design, located in Newark, N.J. "The work that we intend to do is already in their DNA," Bloodworth Botop says, speaking to ARCHITECT later Thursday. This Newark location is the first of five studios that will work on localized resilience projects in places across the country. The studios are a collaboration project with Architecture for Humanity, Public Architecture, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, and the Clinton Global Initiative. This first studio will officially launch in July, Bloodworth Botop says. AIAF also announced that this first studio will be funded by a $250,000 grant from Benjamin Moore. Bloodworth Botop says that this grant will fund salaries for a national program director and a chief resilience architect for the Newark studio, as well as additional startup costs. By Sara Johnson   

 

NJIT To Lead the Nation In Resilient Design

The American Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF) has selected NJIT to be the site of a Regional Resilience Design Studio, whose mission is to design and build resilient structures and communities across the Northeast. The AIAF, a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), announced today during its annual convention that the studio will be housed at NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design. The center works to address the critical design and sustainable building challenges across New Jersey, especially those that arose in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The new studio, funded by a $250,000 grant from Benjamin Moore & Co., is the first to be launched as part of the AIA Foundation’s National Resilience Program, which plans to open five Regional Resilience Design Studios in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity and Public Architecture. The studio to be housed at NJIT will cover the Northeast region. Urs P. Gauchat, Dean of NJIT's College of Architecture and Design, said the studio will be a great asset to NJIT’s effort to lead the nation in devising resilient designs. "Natural disasters are a real and imminent threat,” said Gauchat, “and we need to find responses that examine not only where we build, but also if we build, then how. NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design wants to thank the AIA Foundation for this opportunity to help communities in the Northeast anticipate and recover more quickly from natural disasters." Thomas Dallessio, director of the Center for Resilient Design, said the studio will allow researchers to design prototypes for resilient houses and businesses and to then turn those models into thousands of built structures. “We will establish the first AIAF studio at NJIT and it will become the flagship for the other regional studios,” Dallessio said. “We plan to not only design but to build thousands of stronger and more sustainable houses over the next three years.” Much of the rebuilding effort in New Jersey has been crisis-driven, added Dallessio, with homeowners and business owners rushing to restore what they lost. That’s understandable, he added, but the new studio will allow NJIT to take the time needed to create designs and buildings that are innovative. “NJIT, the largest public architecture school in the Northeast, is known for its use of smart technology, smart materials and smart design,” Dallessio said. “And we’ll use all of that to help the region restore what it lost in Sandy and to rebuild in resilient ways that will help communities withstand any future storms or natural disasters.” By Robert Florida  

2014 Studios

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During the 2014 Spring Semester, NJIT architecture students produced models and drawings that addressed resilient design. Here are some examples of their work. A complete listing of related studios and graphics will be produced shortly.Elevated IntegrationHousingIMG_6705Union Beach 2040

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