2021 APRU Multi-Hazards Autumn Lecture Series: Architecture and Urban Design for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

Ten years have passed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake which caused substantial damage in coastal areas of Japan. Facing severe difficulties, society nurtured an enhanced community with unique safety standards. However, there are still increased occurrences of natural hazards throughout the world due to the acceleration of global warming and climate change.

The 2021 APRU Autumn School is designed for students and researchers engaged in urban/architecture/social infrastructure. Through lectures and workshops on actual cases, this course will cover the relation between urban and architectural spatial safety and disaster management to help participants think about merging spatio-temporal and post-disaster planning to mitigate future urban disasters.

This lecture series is led by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program hosted by Tohoku University.


Date & Time

[Session 1]
For Americas: October 18 at 5 pm (Los Angeles) / 7 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: October 19 at 5:30 am (New Delhi)/ 8 am (HK & Singapore) / 9 am (Tokyo)
Duration: 2 hrs 40 mins

[Session 2]
For Americas: October 19 at 5 pm (Los Angeles) / 7 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: October 20 at 5:30 am (New Delhi)/ 8 am (HK & Singapore) / 9 am (Tokyo)
Duration: 2 hrs 40 mins

[Session 3]
For Americas: October 20 at 5 pm (Los Angeles) / 7 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: October 21 at 5:30 am (New Delhi)/ 8 am (HK & Singapore) / 9 am (Tokyo)
Duration: 3 hrs


A certificate will be awarded to the participants who complete this 3-day program.


Download the flyer here.
View a report of the autumn school here.


Please contact Ms Tomoka Sato ([email protected]) for further inquiries at IRIDeS, Tohoku University.

Prof. Osamu Murao
International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University

Dr. Osamu Murao is a professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University, which was established in order to disseminate learning from the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster, and the founder of the International Strategy for Disaster Mitigation Laboratory (ISDM). Together with collaborating organizations from many countries and with broad areas of specializations, the IRIDeS conducts world-leading research on natural disaster science and disaster mitigation. In order to be in charge of ISDM in Disaster Humanities and Social Science Division, Dr. Murao was transferred to IRIDeS from Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems at the University of Tsukuba in April 2013. His current researches focus on post-disaster recovery process and urban design, and the relationship between physical environment (architecture and urban design) and disaster. With several research grants by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and other organizations, he had investigated the post-disaster recovery process for damaged areas in Taiwan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and World Trade Center in New York. Particularly he kept tracking the recovery process of Chi-Chi Township since the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake in Taiwan as a visiting researcher of National Taiwan University in 2005. Dr. Murao has been involved in some research projects about post-disaster urban recovery and disaster risk reduction in the world.

Prof. Kimiro Meguro
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Kimiro Meguro is a Director and Professor of ICUS, established in April 2001 at the Institute of Industrial Institute (IIS), the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) and a President of Japan Association of Earthquake Engineering (JAEE). After receiving his PhD. degree from UTokyo in 1991, he joined International Center for Disaster-Mitigation Engineering (INCEDE) as one of the founding members. ICUS is a successor research center of INCEDE. Dr. Meguro has wide range of research field in disaster management and urban safety from structural to non-structural measures. As a specialist of numerical simulation, he has developed several new models by which total behavior of structures and/or materials from a sound state to a complete discrete state can be simulated. Applying these models, he has been studying dynamic failure behavior of structures that is highly nonlinear and very difficult to be simulated by conventional models. While in the other field, or as a specialist of non-structural measures and policy making, he has proposed some important social systems and policies. He has been working on the human evacuation problems during disaster and he has come out with the idea of a new model in which evacuation behavior of large number of people having different characteristics and changes of circumstances of the evacuation field in case of disaster can be simulated. He is also studying the application of new technologies, like virtual reality, GIS/RS, and/or ICT to disaster management and urban safety issues, such as evacuation, fire-fighting drill, risk assessment, disaster information management, and disaster education, etc.

Asso. Prof. Miho Mazereeuw
Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miho Mazereeuw, is an associate professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and is the director of the Urban Risk Lab. Working on multiple scales with an interest in public spaces and the urban experience, Associate Professor Mazereeuw is known for her work in disaster resilience.
In the Urban Risk Lab multi-disciplinary groups of researchers work to innovate on technologies, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk. Operating on several scales, the Lab develops methods to embed risk reduction and preparedness into the design of the regions, cities and urban spaces to increase the resilience of local communities.
Associate Professor Mazereeuw taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the University of Toronto prior to joining the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an Arthur W. Wheelwright Fellow, she is completing her forthcoming book featuring case studies on infrastructure design, multifunctional public space and innovative planning strategies in disaster prone regions. Her design work on disaster prevention has been exhibited globally. As the director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT, she is collaborating on a number of projects with institutions and organizations in the field of disaster reconstruction/prevention and is currently working in Thailand, Japan and the United States.

Prof. Alan March
Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne

Professor Alan March is a Professor in Urban Planning. Alan has twice won the Global Planning Education Network’s prize for “Best Planning Paper” (2007, 2011) and was awarded the Planning Institute of Australia “planner of the Year“ prize in 2016 for his work on resilience. He was leader of the Bushfire Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre project “Integrating Urban planning with DRR” and was author of Australia’s 2020 national handbook “Land Use Planning for Resilient Communities”. Alan has successfully supervised many students’ theses encompassing a range of DRR urban design and planning research topics. He is an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and has been the Leader of the research theme “Risk Resilience and Transformation”, and of “Cities and Towns”.
Professor March has practised since 1991 in a broad range of private sector and government settings and has had roles in statutory and strategic planning, advocacy, and urban design. He has worked in Western Australia, the UK, New South Wales and Victoria. His early career included projects as diverse as foreshore protection plans, rural to urban subdivision approval and design, the Mandurah Marina and Urban Design Guidelines for the Joondalup City Centre. In England, he has worked in brownfield and inner city redevelopment, including land assembly and urban regeneration projects. Alan has extensive experience in inner city redevelopment projects in Melbourne since 1996.
Professor March’s publications and research include examination of the practical governance mechanisms of planning and urban design, in particular the ways that planning systems can successfully manage change and transition as circumstances change. He is particularly interested in the ways that planning and design can modify disaster risks, and researches urban design principles for bushfire. His current work also considers the ways that urban planning is seeking to establish new ways to spatialize urban management.