Webinar: Functional Recovery – Designing for Community Resilience

Explore the emerging and timely concept of functional recovery as a basis for earthquake-resistant design in the 2020 EERI Distinguished Lecture, featuring David Bonowitz.

WEBINAR: Wednesday, April 29 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET 
FREE for EERI members and non-members | REGISTER HERE

In this webinar, you’ll gain insights on how design for functional recovery is a necessary tool for assessing and improving community resilience. The lecture will examine four dimensions of functional recovery: definitional, technical, policy, and implementation. While designing buildings and infrastructure for limited downtime — or an acceptably quick functional recovery — is not new, it’s receiving more attention through state and federal legislation and showing new feasibility through research and technology. As this concept becomes more influential in our field, the lecture will also explore the roles you can play in shaping this thinking into design practice.

The Distinguished Lecture Award recognizes EERI members who have made outstanding contributions to earthquake risk reduction. The award encourages communications and dialogue on important and timely topics.

About David Bonowitz

David BonowitzBonowitz is a structural engineer and a consultant on disaster risk reduction policy. His work links what engineers know to what policymakers, decision-makers, and stakeholders need, consulting to city, state, federal, and international agencies. 

He is an appointed member of the new Federal Emergency Management Agency-National Institute of Standards and Technology working group on Functional Recovery of the Built Environment and Critical Infrastructure. He is a co-author of “Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework,” an EERI white paper, and lead author of “Resilience-based Design and the NEHRP Provisions,” now in review by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Provisions Update Committee. 

Bonowitz is also a Fellow Member of Structural Engineers Association of Northern California and Structural Engineers Association of California, and past chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association Existing Buildings and Resilience committees. He is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley.