Between Two Disasters: Risk, Preparedness, and Response
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The cultural heritage community is dependent upon structural engineers to determine whether a building is safe to enter before recovery efforts can begin. Architect and engineer Stephen J. Kelley has significant experience in responding to disasters worldwide: fires in numerous historic monuments; flooded historic districts along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; hurricanes and typhoons on the Gulf Coast, New York and in the Philippines; and earthquakes in Haiti, Nepal in the Philippines. These experiences have been woven into a tapestry of ways to interpret disasters and the risk they pose, things to think about in preparation for disaster, and how to respond quickly to disaster once it occurs.
Stephen J. Kelley
Stephen J. Kelley, FAIA, SE, FAPT has devoted his architecture and engineering skills to the preservation of our built cultural heritage. With 40 years of experience, his projects range from small to immense, simple to sophisticated and cover a wide range of building materials and systems. His projects are located throughout the United States but he has also worked on significant projects internationally. He has managed state-of-the-art multidisciplinary teams that were designed to meet the demand of each project. He has published widely on various aspects of preservation and is an adjunct professor in the Columbia University (NY) Graduate Program. He is a UNESCO Tangible Heritage Expert and is Secretary General of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH).