4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome Ceremony


8:00 am - 9:45 am

Introductory Panel
Kick-off Design Residency with how the chosen topic came to be, the vision, program structure and goals.

Presenters provide an overview into climate resilience followed by a curated panel discussion. Confirmed participants include:
• Eric Weiland, Advisor/Program Manager - FEMA
• Jonathan Rosenbloom, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Environment and Sustainability Program - Drake University Law School

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Administrators Panel
Define the role city and community leaders play in addressing resilience issues.

Sharing real-world experience with crisis events and attempts at implementing resilience planning and policy.

Discuss obstacles communities face in shaping and implementing resilience planning and policy.

Confirmed participants include:
• Laura Graham, Sustainability Coordinator - City of Des Moines, Iowa
• Jonathan Gano, Public Works Manager - City of Des Moines, Iowa
• Dan Holderness, City Engineer - City of Coralville, Iowa
• Matt McQuillen, City Manager - City of Clive, Iowa

11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch / Walking Tour of Des Moines

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Economics and Risk Management Panel
Describe the critical role economic issues play in shaping community development and resilience.

Discuss economic obstacles that communities face in shaping resilience planning and policy.

Confirmed participants include:
• David Keiser, Natural Resource Economics - Iowa State University
• David Courard-Hauri, Economics and Environmental Policy - Drake University

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Policy and Risk Planning Design Charrette

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Website Visioning Charrette

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner / Happy Hour

6:30 pm

Resident Work Session


8:00 am - 9:45 am

Ecology and Infrastructure Panel

10:00 am - 11:45 am

Ecology and Infrastructure Design Charrette
Discuss main ecological issues pertaining to resilience and ecological obstacles that must be addressed.

Examine critical infrastructure and how it could be impacted.

Confirmed participants include:
• Rich Leopold, Director - Polk County Conservation
• Ulrike Passe, Architecture - Iowa State University
• Silvia Secchi, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences - University of Iowa
• Gene Takle, Distinguised Professor Emeritus, Agriculture and Life Science - Iowa State University; Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch / Downtown Tour

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Comprehensive Solutions Design Charrette

3:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Design Charrette / Pizza Dinner

6:00 pm

Resident Work Session


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presentation Work Session

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Work Session / Presentation Rehearsal

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Final Presentation

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception / Happy Hour

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I have to be there?
Students are expected to arrive during the course of the day on Tuesday and be ready for a panel presentation that evening. If you arrive early, feel free to either check in to the hotel or head to our office. We’ll be sure to find a location for you to work.

Will I have to pay for my travel expenses?
RDG will provide an honorarium for travel expenses.

Will I have to pay for my hotel?
RDG will cover hotel cost for the days of the Design Residency (Check-in Tuesday afternoon, Check out Saturday morning). Individuals wishing to extend their stay, will be responsible for the cost of additional night(s).

What about meals?
RDG will provide catered meals brought to our office. Meals outside the office (unless part of the Residency activities) will be the responsibility of each student.

What do I need to bring?
You do not need to bring anything but yourself. If you would like, yes, bring your computer/tablet, or any other personal tools of your preference. We will provide support equipment and materials, as well as some help from our staff.

How many students participate?
Typically the Residency is limited to groups between 8-10 students, of diverse disciplines.



    301 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309

    (515) 288-3141