Australian Institute of Architects offers support for those affected by bushfires

The Australian Institute of Architects has launched "Architects Assist", a disaster recovery service for those affected by Australian bushfires.

Anyone who has suffered losses can apply. The institute says the work offered will be resistant to natural disasters, affordable, built with sustainable materials, and will vary from simple advice to a full design and planning service.

The institute has given all of its members free access to practice notes from its Acumen platform. It adds that, owing to the scale of the fires, the resources of individual firms may not be sufficient to help everyone in need of assistance. Registered architects and student or graduate architects can sign up to help here.

The institute states that the bushfires are "not a short-term crisis", and when the fires clear "we will need to not only replace what has been lost, but build back better".

The BBC reports that since the fires began in September, 24 people have died and 63,000 sq km of land has been burned.

Image: A bushfire approaches the township of Yanderra (Wikimedia Commons/Helitak430/CC BY-SA 4.0)

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  1. Why is this relief offer being carried by a private architectural studio. It should be done by the Institute.

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