Kenneth J. Filarski FAIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, AICP, CFM, SAP+AEER, NCARB  of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+ RESEARCH has been selected as national Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee, together with his esteemed Co-Chair Meghan Walsh AIA, by AIA President Peter Exley FAIA and the AIA Board of Directors. Over the past year, in addition to deploying the AIA national state disaster responder network in one the most active years for disaster events, the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee recognized early on, and addressed, the COVID-19 pandemic and developed guidelines for assessing and safely re-occupying the range of building types and spaces used in our lives. As architects we will be growing our capacity to directly assist communities in their recovery and rebuilding after disaster events with resilient and sustainable collaborative design and planning.