Disaster Resilience: Lessons from Recovery after Disasters Across the World – Mary Comerio Lecture
Mary Comerio is an internationally recognized expert on disaster resilience and recovery. She has been on the faculty in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, for 40 years and has served as chair. She worked as an architect on numerous public and private facilities, which led to her research on seismic rehabilitation, post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, loss modeling and resilience-based design. She led the FEMA-sponsored Disaster Resistant University Program and building systems research with Helmut Krawinkler at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. Comerio also served as co-principal investigator on one of the National Science Foundation’s Grand Challenge projects focused on the mitigation of collapse risk in nonductile concrete buildings. Her building inventory and loss-modeling led to the creation of the Los Angeles “Resilience by Design” plan.
Comerio is the author of Disaster Hits Home: New Policy for Urban Housing Recovery (UC Press, 1998) and hundreds of other research reports and scientific papers. In 2011, she received the Green Star Award from the United Nations for her work in post-disaster reconstruction in China and Haiti. In 2013, she received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Research in the Public Interest, and the EERI Distinguished Lecturer Award. She serves as past-president of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and on the governing board of the QuakeCoRE Center for Earthquake Resilience in New Zealand. She consults internationally on disaster recovery and resilience planning.