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Designing with Structural Resilience in Mind
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When: 1/27/2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Parsons Corporation
100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, California  91124
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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While natural disasters have always occurred, over the last couple of decades, the severity of the natural disasters experienced and the catastrophic damages incurred, has been something the world has never seen. Without proper infrastructure, a population’s ability to recover after such an event is almost impossible. These recent events have urged for stronger, more disaster resilient communities. As professionals in the building industry, architects and structural engineers shape the built environment and have a direct impact on the resiliency of a community.

This presentation will explore resilient design strategies (from a structural engineer's standpoint), discuss Los Angeles’ latest legislation provisions regarding resiliency, and explain the link between disaster resilience and sustainability.

Learning objectives:
• Understand what structural engineers have to do with disaster resilience and climate change
• Understand why and how architects and engineers can incorporate resilient design strategies in everyday practice
• Learn about LA’s latest resilience legislation
• Learn about the link between resiliency and sustainability

Wednesday, January 27
6:00-6:30pm reception
6:30-8:00pm program


100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124

Participants shall enter Parsons lot from Walnut Street manned gate (north side of property).
Guests should pull a ticket and enter the lot. Tickets will be validated at the Security station upon initial entry to the building and at no cost. Tickets will be required to exit the parking lot.

$15 AIA Member pre-registered
$20 Non-AIA Member pre-registered
$25 AIA Member at the door
$30 Non-AIA Member at the door
free student (w/ valid ID)



Nina Mahjoub, PE
Nina Mahjoub is a Senior Engineer at Holmes Culley and is leading the Los Angeles office. She is experienced in a variety of new building construction projects and seismic strengthening of existing structures. She recently completed the seismic retrofit of 140 New Montgomery in SF, one of the tallest historic preservation seismic retrofits. She holds her Bachelor in Civil Engineering from UCLA and her Master of Engineering in High Performance Structures from MIT. She has over 7 years of experience with a career starting in New York City.

Megan Stringer, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Megan Stringer is a Project Engineer at Holmes Cully, based in San Francisco. She is leading Holmes Culley’s sustainable efforts and has been the project engineer on numerous large new commercial office and retail buildings. An active member in the sustainable design community, she is the current chair of the SEAOC Sustainable Design Committee (SDC) and an active member of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee. She has been researching the environmental impacts of different structural systems focusing on quantifying and reducing those impacts. She has presented at various conferences on sustainability and the role engineers have on shaping the built environment.

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