Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and Build Change: Disaster Resistant Homes & Schools

November 13, 2017


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Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the CEO and founder of Build Change, a social enterprise which designs disaster-resistant houses and schools in emerging nations and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Dr. Hausler is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before graduate school, she spent five years in the engineering consulting industry for Peterson Consulting in Chicago and Dames & Moore in Denver. She has lectured on sustainable disaster-resistant construction in eleven countries and served on the 2002-2003 US National Research Council Committee to develop a long-term research agenda for earthquake engineering.

Build Change was a winner of the OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge in early 2016 and was the winner of a 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity in the Equality Category for making earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to homeowners regardless of income level. Elizabeth and Build Change’s work have been featured in the New York Times, BBC website, NPR All Things Considered, ABC News World News Tonight Person of the Week, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Elle Magazine.

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