To build or not to build?
If you build, how?

Through applied research, field testing and community outreach, NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design can help residents, businesses, professionals and officials rebuild smarter than the storm.


Under the direction of Dr. Michel Boufadel PE, PHydro, the Center explores the challenges, constraints and opportunities related to hard and soft infrastructure, and how to anticipate, plan for, recover from and rebuild after natural and man-made disasters.

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Through studios and other classroom experiences, Keith Krumwiede leads faculty and students to consider the implications of laws, regulations, investments and other governmental decisions related to natural and man-made disasters. Rules and regulations are tested and recommendations are provided to enable users to be more resilient.

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Working in communities throughout New Jersey and the metropolitan area, Center Director Tom Dallessio and colleagues at NJIT engage mayors and other local, county, regional, state and federal officials, as well as national and international experts through roundtables, lectures, an interactive website and community service programs.

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NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design Hosts First-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium

Distinguished statewide energy and environmental power players convened at the College of Architecture and Design Nov. 12 for a spirited discussion about the functional realities of implementing resilient and sustainable energy solutions for New Jersey’s key infrastructure in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  (Read More…)

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NJIT’s Tom Dallessio Speaks at United Nations to Celebrate World Cities Day 2014

Oct. 31, Tom Dallessio, director of NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, gave an address at the United Nations to celebrate the inaugural World Cities Day 2014, a celebration of global urban transformations led by UN-Habitat. (Read More….)

Read his address here.

N.J. Mayor’s Summit on Resilient Design


NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, in cooperation with the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group and NJ State League of Municipalities hosted a summit on the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to convene N.J. Mayors and other public officials, design professionals and others to address lessons and opportunities following the worst natural disaster in New Jersey  history.  Read More.

Center Director Quoted in Star-Ledger

Tom Dallessio was quoted in today’s Star-Ledger, addressing the critical challenges of making bay communities more resilient. Read More.

AIA Foundation Selects NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design for First Resiliency Studio

At the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Foundation announced that NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design would be the first of five design studios across the country to address the challenges and opportunities related to resiliency. Read more.

A Professor’s Plan to Protect the Environment Wins $125 Million

An NJIT professor is the leader of a design team that won $125 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect Nassau County’s South Shore from storm surges and rising sea levels.

Georgeen Theodore, an associate professor at the College of Architecture and Design, heads the Interboro Team, which was selected as a winner of the Rebuild By Design Competition.  See More….

NJIT Master of Infrastructure Planning Students Present Design Projects at HUD Rebuild by Design Event

Students in NJIT’s Master of Infrastructure Planning program presented their design projects from the past three semesters at the HUD Rebuild by Design student event at the World Financial Center. Read more:

Resilient Design: Prevention & Recovery (Selected Resources)

This guide introduces materials to support the Resilient Design program and research activities of the Center for Resilient Design @NJIT. This guide has been compiled to share the latest data, maps and other information across a number of organization platforms, in order to provide a service to potential users.

World Urban Forum 7

At the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia, the Center was represented by CoAD Dean Urs Gauchat and Center Director Tom Dallessio. In a session on April 7th organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, Dean Gauchat moderated a panel on Smart Cities, and Director Dallessio served as a panelist.  Read More….

The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization represents a collaboration with UN, professional, academic and other institutions organized to promote frameworks for sustainable development and exchanges of best practices with a new found optimism about our urban future. The Consortium is committed in support of the UN Habitat Agenda and the Goals 7 and 8 in the Millennium Development Goals through bringing together the different stakeholders of UN member countries for conferences and dissemination of innovative policies and solutions applicable to both developing and developed regions of the world. Its programs are meant to appeal to a broad audience that includes central and local governmental authorities, NGOs, planning and design professionals, academicians, the private sector, students and the general public.SMART CITIES Announcement

Also at WUF7, Center Director Tom Dallessio gave presentations to spur additional thinking about resilient design and the role of design competitions. At a session organized by the Van Alen Institute, Dallessio gave a presentation that asked the question: What’s Implementation Got To Do With It? And, at the Innovative Americas Booth, Dallessio gave a presentation on resilient design, challenging participants to think more broadly about how to apply resilient design to planning and development decisions.Implementing Design Competitions

The Provident Bank and Foundation Recognized For Supporting NJIT 2014 Alternative Spring Break

In recognition of the success of its 2nd annual “Alternative Spring Break” volunteer effort, NJIT hosted an event to thank those who supported and participated in this year’s effort, including The Provident Bank,, which supplied volunteers for the program, and The Provident Bank Foundation, which provided grant funding. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno was also on hand to offer gratitude on behalf of the state. “It’s great to see college students thinking outside the box about how to spend their time off and that they chose to give back to the Garden State,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “For me, it is inspiring to see how The Provident Bank and its charitable foundation are so deeply involved in and supportive of worthy efforts that directly help our New Jersey residents.”  See More….

NJ college students volunteer at Jersey Shore for ‘Alternative Spring Break’

While many of his classmates are spending their spring breaks partying on the sunny beaches of Cancun, Daytona Beach and Jamaica, New Jersey Institute of Technology student Nick Wujek was hard at work today on the chilly Jersey Shore.

Wujek, 23, was one of about a dozen NJIT students giving up part of their spring breaks to plant sea grass and build fencing along sand dunes in Sea Bright. They are among hundreds of New Jersey students participating in volunteer activities — called Alternative Spring Break — designed for college students who want to give something back during their vacations. Read More….

Hundreds of NJIT Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break: Rebuilding Communities Devastated by Sandy

During NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break, more than 340 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends volunteered to work from Little Ferry, Newark and Staten Island, to the Jersey shore, cleaning up devastated areas and helping towns rebuild resiliently following the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Students worked on removing debris from beaches and parks, removing floors and wallboard, replacing floors and walls, painting and carpentry, stocking and distributing food and clothing, compiling information on areas affected by Sandy and doing other work to help communities recover and rebuild.

With a generous grant from the Provident Bank Foundation and support from the NJIT University Senate, Campus Center, Career Development Services, College of Architecture and Design and the Center for Resilient Design, NJIT organized over a dozen organizations and two dozen projects during the week. Over the last 18 months, NJIT has provided communities with over 1,000 volunteers to help towns rebuild after Sandy.  Read More….

NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break In Action

Over 340 students volunteered over Spring Break, March 15-22, 2014 to help communities in New Jersey and New York recover from Superstorm Sandy and other disasters. Check out the YouTube video of slides from some of the activities during that week.  Click here.

NJIT Alternative Spring Break – Dune Restoration at Island Beach State Park 

During NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends volunteered their time from Newark to the Jersey shore, cleaning up devastated areas and helping towns rebuild resiliently. Students worked on removing debris from beaches and parks, planting dune grass and constructing fences, removing floors and wallboard, replacing floors and walls, painting and carpentry, stocking and distributing food and clothing, compiling information on areas affected by Sandy and doing other work to help communities recover and rebuild. During this activity, NJIT students planted over 5,700 plugs of dune grass to rebuild the dunes. See some of their work and hear why Center Director Tom Dallessio thinks this program is important for both NJIT and our communities. Click here to watch the video.

United Nations “World Habitat Day” Conference

The Center for Resilient Design at NJIT co-sponsored “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization” at the United Nations in celebration of World Habitat Day 2013. Watch videos »