AIA Sustainability

Creating Livable Communities

The Center for Communities by Design manages the Design Assistance Team (DAT) program, which brings together architect-led multidisciplinary teams to identify ways to encourage desirable change in a community. The DAT approach - which can address social, economic, environmental, political, and physical issues - offers communities a tool that mobilizes local support and fosters new levels of cooperation. The DAT program is offered to communities as a public service of the AIA.

Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams (RUDAT)

Since 1967 the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) program has used a grassroots, charrette-style approach to help create livable communities. R/UDATs combine local resources with the expertise of professionals from across the nation. The team conducts an intensive four-day workshop onsite, engaging all members of the community in creating a vision for the future. The R/UDAT program is offered to communities as a public service of the AIA.

Sustainable Design Assistance Teams (SDAT)

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program was introduced in 2005. Modeled after the R/UDAT program, SDATs provide communities with broad assessments to help frame future policies or design solutions in the context of sustainability. SDAT teams work with local stakeholders and community members to forge a sustainable relationship between humans, the natural environment, and place.

AIA Disaster Assistance Program

Architects often respond to disasters not only by helping with immediate recovery, assessing the stability of damaged structures and advising on repairs, but also in the long term by helping communities to rebuild better than before. The AIA's Disaster Assistance Program provides resources and support to architects helping communities recover from a disaster. Such aid is most effective when a disaster response is organized through the AIA state or local component.

AIA Sustainability