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2022 AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training

**PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this program is through AIAU, accessible through the “Register” link below. THIS EVENT IS TWO DAYS LONG, 9am-1pm each day. Most complete details can be found on the AIAU page where registration takes place, linked below.

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors, this training certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP).

The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis.

This two-day workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.

This session of the AIA’s Safety Assessment Program Evaluator training is offered in partnership with AIA Seattle.


After successfully completing AIA’s SAP training, eligible individuals will be sent an California-issued registration ID card. This nationally recognized certification is often required training for volunteer building safety evaluators nationwide.

Participants must attend both live sessions to be submitted for the certification exam and to earn AIA CE LUs.


$99 AIA Members,  SEAW, WSSHE, and AISC Members
$175 Non-Members


  • Evaluator Field Manuals |  ATC 45 | ATC 20 | Participants are responsible for purchasing these texts from ATC. They are not included in the course cost.


Wednesday, March 23, 9am-1pm
Thursday, March 24, 9am-1pm

Detailed schedule forthcoming.


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This live, virtual program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Adaptation & Resilience Committee in partnership with California Office of Emergency Services and AIA National. Link for registration will take you to AIAU, which will manage all of your credit reporting and related tasks. General questions can be directed to Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker.


  • Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC 20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures.
  • Earn Cal OES certification


Behrooz (Ben) Emam, AIA, PE, CFM

Smiling man with mustache, wearing a blue collared shirt below a black sweaterBehrooz (Ben) Emam is a registered architect, a civil engineer, and a certified facility manager, with over thirty years of experience in architectural and structural engineering, emergency preparedness, and facilities management. He has Masters Degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Ben is the principal at Emam Consulting and Educational Services (ECES) and was previously the Manager of Civil & Structural Group at AWS. Before rejoining Amazon for a second time, Ben was the Assistant Vice President and Senior Engineering Manager – Construction Services with Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Ben was a 25-year adjunct faculty member of the University of Washington, Department of Construction Management. He regularly taught classes in Construction and Facilities Management and conducted seminars on seismic preparedness and disaster planning. Ben was also building inspection volunteer after the San Francisco (Loma Prieta), Los Angeles (Northridge), and Seattle (Nisqually) earthquakes, and the recipient of the Seattle AIA 2001 – Community Service Award.

Rachel Minnery FAIA, LEED AP

Smiling woman with wavy hair, wearing a black suit jacket over light purple shirt, standing in front of a word-cloud backgroundRachel Minnery, FAIA is an architect and currently Risk and Resilience Manager at Amazon Web Services. She was formerly the Senior Director of Resilience, Adaptation and Disaster Assistance at The American Institute of Architects (AIA) developing policy, design guides, and education for the organization’s 95,000 members and the building industry.  Rachel’s previous experience includes design and management in the non-profit and private sectors focusing on environmentally and socially responsible design. She is the co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle and has led groups of building safety volunteers to disaster-stricken places.


March 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am
March 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
6.5 LU, HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938