Contact: Melissa Barton    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Government Affairs Program Coordinator

(916) 642-1711 Now Live and Ready to Provide Information and Assistance

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—December 14, 2017. In California, wildfire, flood, and earthquakes are natural hazards that can and do result in disaster. In the aftermath of disasters, search and rescue, safety evaluation, damage assessment, and recovery, all depend on the unique skills and expertise of architects.

Architects have been working diligently within their communities affected by the numerous devastating wildfires that have occurred over the last few months. The AIA California Council, recognizing the breadth of vastly spread information, is working with local AIA chapters to curate and organize the material. In response, The AIACC has developed and launched a public-facing website, ArchitectsHelp.orgcreated as a resource for those who are dealing with the devastating effects of a disaster. The website also serves as a vehicle to help those not impacted consider preparedness options. offers resources and expertise, positions architects as resources in the communities, and can also be utilized to aid those who have in interest in preparation and resiliency. It is also, and at times most importantly, a one-stop resource for services during and after disaster events.

We invite the public to explore the website, and share the tools, resources, and content that will prepare Californians to be informed, ready, and resilient communities at

For additional information or questions, or to schedule an interview, contact Melissa Barton, 916-642-1711.


The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.  Founded in 1944, The AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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