AIA Oregon Symposium

Jul 18 2019 - 8:30am - Jul 20 2019 - 4:00pm
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URM Seismic Resilience Symposium


Portland State University Lincoln Hall




Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings present a challenge for earthquake-prone communities. There are over 1,650 URM buildings in Portland and millions around the world. These structures are important historic, architectural, cultural, and economic landmarks, but their vulnerability to earthquakes imperils these buildings and the people in them.

The URM Seismic Resilience Symposium, July 18-20, 2019, is a three-day event for architects, engineers, owners, property managers, and anyone that might deal with URM buildings.

The symposium will include two days of lectures focusing on topics and concerns related to URM buildings, including:

  • Earthquake Background
  • URM Construction and Seismic Engineering Technology Options
  • Building Codes and Historic Preservation Requirements
  • Seismic Upgrade Project Considerations and Costs
  • Public Policy, Finance, and Resiliency

Speakers include prominent engineers and architects from Oregon, Washington, California as well as leading experts from British Columbia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Italy.