Safety Assessment

Program (SAP)  

Mission Statement:

The Safety Assessment Program supports a nation-wide network of architects who help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.


Services and Programs:

SAP supports the following services and programs to assist communities after a disaster and provide training during the spring and fall of each year:

  • Safety assessment program training: Based on the State of California’s Cal OES training program, the AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training educates architects, engineers, and building inspectors to evaluate the post-disaster safety and habitability of homes, buildings, and infrastructure as a Building Evaluator. Learn more about SAP training on

  • Post-disaster safety evaluations: Trained architects augment municipal building safety evaluators post-disaster to assess the safety and habitability of homes, buildings, and infrastructure; significantly reducing the need for temporary shelters and services and mitigating future public safety dangers such as failing hazards, exposure to mold, and overcrowding of emergency shelters.


The Value of Architects:

Architects are uniquely positioned to provide disaster assistance through:

  • Public duty: Licensure obligates architects to “protect the health, safety, and welfare” of the public.

  • Systems thinker: Architects grasp the inter-dependencies of the natural, social, and built environment systems and the effects of hazards on those systems.

  • Project leadership: Architects serve as project and team coordinators and leaders. They are the primary point of contact for the client, building department, and design team. They have the unique ability and responsibility to translate complex information


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Program Leadership:


David Schaecher, AIA/NCARB

AIA KS State Disaster Program Coordinator

Will Robarge, AIA , CSI, NCARB

AIA Disaster Assistance Committee Member

Stan Peterson, FAIA



Ava Christie, AIA

Outgoing State Disaster Program Coordinator

2020 Spring Training


The next training session will be in conjuction with the annual conference on Oct. 27 in Manhattan, KS.  More information at a later date.

Date: April 3, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: TreanorHL -719 SW VanBuren St. Topeka, KS  66603

Cost: $175 (light breakfast and lunch provided.

Cal OES Certification

This program provides 6.5 HSW/LU credits


PO Box 4485  Topeka, KS  66606

785-357-5308  | 1-800-444-0000  

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