Sonia Chao - University of Miami

Sonia Chao writes and lectures on subtropical and tropical sustainable and resilient design and their intersections with urbanism, codes, and preservation. She recently concluded an NSF study with her colleague B. Ghansah, resulting in the creation of the Storm Surge Building Vulnerability model (SSBV), a human-centered framework, aimed at informing anticipatory guidelines for resilient urban and community design within coastal cities. Her peer-reviewed papers appear in journals, including AppliedGeography and The Bulletin, a preservation journal. In 2021, she led the University of Miami’s inaugural virtual resilience conference examining the junctions between social, environmental, and built challenges/actions in South Florida and the Caribbean. She is currently guest-editing a related special issue of the Journal of Climate and Development and completing a book entitled Calibrating CoastalResilience. Chao is Associate Dean of Research and a Research Associate Professor at the University ofMiami School of Architecture. She co-directs the interdisciplinary Masters of Professional Science inUrban Sustainability and Resilience, is Faculty Lead on Climate, Environment, and Resilience at theUniversity Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, holds a Secondary Appointment at the College of Engineering, is a member of Metro lab Miami Initiative and is an Executive Board member of theFlorida Climate Institute.