There is a strong concern worldwide about the city's resilience to multi-hazards, and the patrimony protection is a major objective in the General Strategy for Risk Reduction promoted by the UN and UNESCO. Around the world, there are various cities with protected central areas particularly exposed to earthquakes. The proposed strategies for patrimony protection are based on a complex risk analysis including the mapping of multi-hazard exposed elements.

This course allows students to understand the background and application of stuctural methods for risk reduction, in line with the priorities of UN-ISDR and the Sendai/Hyogo Framework. Presenting a useful methodology for students, researchers, or specialists, the course gives the ability to manage risk prevention in preserved urban areas of cities, with high applicability in Japan or other countries exposed to multi-hazards.

The case studies illustrated during the course refer to Bucharest, Romania, a European capital with a vast protected central area particularly exposed to earthquakes, in comparison with several other European capitals and cities. The course is based on a complex research project, presented at several recent international conferences, highlighting a new methodology with a high possibility of application in all cities exposed to multi-hazards around the world.

This course will be structured as a lecture and workshop in five parts, ending with an interactive focus group activity:

Part 1: Learn about the general worldwide requirements for risk reduction within the concept of resilient cities

Part 2: Discuss the Bucharest case study, a built area exposed to multi-hazards, vulnerability and risk.

Part 3: Review several multi-hazard scenarios in protected areas, exposing the methodology and suggesting several structural methods for risk reduction

Part 4: Examine applied scenarios and results via maps, tables, matrix, etc.

Part 5: Apply the course guidelines to personalized, real-life scenarios in an interactive, small group setting.

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Background or professional experience in architectural or urban patrimony, urban planning, administration, emergency services, engeneering or urban infrastructure and services.
Language: English
Duration: 1 day (10 May)
Price: US$275
Min/Max: 10-30

Cristina Olga Gociman, PhD, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning (Romania)

Tiberiu Constantin Florescu, PhD, Dean of Urban Planning Faculty,  Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning (Romania)


Cristina Olga Gociman, Ph.D., is a professor at the Ph.D. School at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. She is a member of the National Council for the Certification of University Degrees and Diplomas of Ministry of Education, Romania, and member of scientific committee of Ministry of Development, Romania.

Gociman is a national research project manager in a partnership of UAUIM and Urban INCERC – in the fields of architecture and urban planning strategies in order to reduce risks and hazards in the central protected area of cities. She was the scientific secretary of the Faculty of Architecture between 2006 and 2010. She has participated in and delivered papers in more than 30 national and international congresses. She has had several books and book chapters published with Romanian publishing houses and abroad. She was general commissioner of Bucharest National Biennale of Architecture 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. For this event she organized 8 expositions, 3 conferences, 10 presentatiosn of the awarded projects, and 8 thematic seminars.

In the partnership between the Romanian Union of Architects and Romanian Cultural Institute, Gociman coordinated the project "Romanian Architects Creators of National Cultural Patrimony 1969-1889," presenting more than 120 buildings with architectural value and their authors.  She undertook ongoing civic activities as a member of the Union of Romanian Architects Board of Directors during 1995 - 2002, as a member of the Order of Romanian Architects National Council during 2001 - 2014, and as a Vice-President of ORA Bucharest Territorial Branch during 2001 - 2010.

Awards and Honors:
2014 – Diploma for all professional activity from Ministry of Culture, Romania
2014 – Outstanding World researcher leader February 2014 – IAMURE Multidisciplinary research Awards
2014 – World research expertise award 2014 for importing her invaluable expertise as a keynote speaker at The International Conference in climate change, ecology and conservation (ICCCEC 2014) with the theme "A changing world, our survival" a global achievement that merits a Diamond Award – Venetian Macao, Macau China
2013 - Diploma Bene Merenti – for contributions in the architectural education in Romania
2012 – Medal of Union of Romanian Architects for organization BNAB 2012
2011 – Bucharest territorial branch Romanian Architects Order medal for 10 years of activity
2007 – Certificate of award – The International Business Who is Who Corp – Encyclopaedia of personalities– page 493
2012-1986 – Various national and European awards for excellence in teaching, publishing and professional achievements (architectural and urban planning competitions)


Tiberiu Constantin Florescu, Ph.D., is a professor and Dean of the Urban Planning Faculty at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania, and a NTU Singapore Alumni. He is an architect with international experience in teaching, large-scale architectural projects, and urban planning, with sustained activity in the field of architecture, urban design, spatial planning, research and education. 

Formed as professional in Bucharest (Romania), Liege (Belgium), Paris (France) and Singapore (Nan Yang Technological University), Florescu is an outstanding personality of the field in Romania and is a member of several national professional bodies and commission for approval of planning documentation: National Committee for Territorial Development – Ministry of Development of Romania (since 2009); Technical Committee for Urban Planning Development of Bucharest – Bucharest City Hall (since 2009); Romania's representative in AESOP – Association of European Schools of Planning; REA – Réseau des Ecoles d'Architecture de la France, d'Europe Centrale et Orientale; IAMURE Multidisciplinary Research Philippines – Country Representative; member of Romanian Order of Architects and Romanian Register of Urban Planners, Superior Members Council; IFHP – Institute for Housing and Planning, Holland.

Florescu's areas of expertise, academic and scientific experience include: specialization in Sustainable Urban Development and Town Planning at Nan Yang Technical University, Singapore (2011); Specialization in urban theory & urban design, Theory of urban structures, Risks, vulnerability and sustainable planning at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he lectures as a Professor; experience in many national and international organizations, international workshops on urban planning topics, domestic and international juries, participation in international awarded competitions as teacher advisor: 1998 Liege, Belgium; 2000 – Paris, France; 2003 – Sofia, Bulgaria; Medias, Romania; 2004 – Toulouse, France; Ankara, Turkey; Bucharest and Medias, Romania; 2005 – Moscow, Russia; Medias, Romania; 2006 – Marseille, France; 2007 – Erevan, Armenia; 2008 – Lille, France; 2009 – Baku, Azerbaijan;  2010 – Paris, France; 2012 – Budapest, Hungary; Speaker, Session Chair, Key-note Speaker on International Scientific & Urban Planning conferences: Florence, Italy, Feb 2007; Ahmadabad, India, July 2010; Budapest, Hungary, Nov 2010; Pune, India, February 2011; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, November 2011; Daegu, Korea, 2012 – Conference Session Chair ; Hague, Nederland, 2013; Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, 2013; Macau, China, 2014; 2nd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL - University College of London, 2014; The 3rd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Innovations, La Consolacion University Philippines, Key-note speaker, 2015.

Awards and Honors:
2015- Plaque of Recognition, La Consolation University, Philippines, for academic, scientific and professional contribution to interdisciplinary research innovations
2013 - Winner of Romanian Green Building Council Award 2013 - Green Building Education Initiative of the Year;
2013 - Winner and Project Leader for General Masterplan of Bucharest – Bucharest Dynamic Masterplan (2013-2017)
2013 - Diploma Bene Merenti – for contributions in the architectural education in Romania
2011 - ESSA - Environmental, Social and Sustainability Award - Central & Eastern European Construction & Investment Journal
2009 - SEPOX – Greek Association of Urban Planners – Honorary member
2008 - Certificate of award – Who is Who in Romania – Encyclopaedia of personalities

2011- 1996 - Various national and international certificates or awards for excellence in teaching, publishing or professional achievements (architectural or urban planning competitions)