Resilient Design Considerations for High-Performance Buildings

Resilient Design Considerations for High-Performance Buildings

In the face of escalating impacts of climate change and extreme weather conditions, New York City’s architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community needs to adapt and respond to provide increasingly resilient building design. Exploring the intersection of design and resilience will help unlock the potential for high-performance buildings and shape a more resilient and future-forward built environment. In this in-person seminar, we will cover resilient design principles, with a specific focus on the role of the structural and building enclosure systems as they relate to flood, wind, and extreme heat hazards. Key topics will include the significance of durability of building components, and the resilience inherent in simple, passive, and flexible systems.


After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify future climate projections that should be considered when designing for resilience.
  • Discuss the qualities and characteristics of resilient and adaptable design strategies.
  • Understand various approaches to mitigate flood, wind, and extreme heat hazards.
  • Examine the building enclosure’s role in a resilient design with considerations for specifying durable systems.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the seminar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Leonidia Garbis
Leonidia Garbis | Senior Project Manager

Leonidia Garbis specializes in designing and evaluating new and existing building enclosures. She has extensive experience designing and detailing custom curtain wall assemblies from design through construction administration. Her new design experience includes commercial projects, multifamily residential high-rises, and infrastructure projects. In addition, she has experience in enclosure forensic engineering, including investigating curtain wall and custom glazing systems. Leonidia’s background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components. She has experience with a variety of facade, roofing, and waterproofing systems.

Filippo  Masetti
Filippo Masetti | Associate Principal

Filippo Masetti has overseen design, investigation, strengthening, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, masonry, fiber-reinforced polymer, and wood structures. He has published articles and lectured at conferences and universities on these and related topics. He is the co-chair of the Structural Engineers Association of New York’s (SEAoNY) Resilience Committee.

Alexander Stephani
Alexander Stephani | Consulting Engineer

Alexander Stephani is a structural engineer with experience in new design, investigation, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, and wood structures. He has worked on several flood mitigation projects on both the East and West Coast, conducting flood hazard and vulnerability assessments and preparing flood emergency response plans. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York’s (SEAoNY) Structural Engineering Emergency Response Committee and Resiliency Committee.