Rachel Minnery

Rachel Minnery is an architect and senior director of sustainable development policy at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where she is spearheading the resilience and adaptation initiative and AIA’s disaster assistance program. In professional practice, Rachel led design and management of building and planning projects in the private and non-profit sector. She is co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle and has led groups of volunteer architects to disaster-stricken places, particularly Mississippi and Haiti, responding to and recovering from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Rachel frequently speaks and writes on emerging issues related to sustainability, climate adaptation, and public-interest design. Among her accomplishments, Ball State University honored her with an Outstanding Alumni Award, and in 2015 Rachel was elevated to the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows.