Flooding and Storm Surge Symposium

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Presentation

Opening remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Online registration closes at 3pm on Wednesday March 29th.
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April 5, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
George R Brown Convention Center Room 371 ABDE
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

Brought to you by the Urban Design Committee

This event is full therefore registration is now closed.  Good news, there will be a live stream of the event posted on Facebook and is free to the public.  

  • Parking at the George R Brown Convention Center – The closest parking garage to our meeting room is Avenida South. 
  • We are located in meeting room 371 ABDE on the 3rd floor, above Entrance E.
  • Elected officials or Staff of Elected Officials – please be sure to check in with City staff at the door so we can recognize you during the program.
  • Continuing Education credits – You must sign-in with AIA at the door to receive a certificate for CE credit. This certificate will be sent by email.


Houston is no stranger to the human and economic costs of severe weather. Recent floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane.

In order to address these issues, Houston City Council Members David W. Robinson and Dave Martin and the AIA Houston Urban Design Committee will host an event featuring two panel discussions on flooding and storm surge. Experts from academia, government and advocacy groups will shed light on these challenges and discuss possible solutions.

This event is made possible by generous support from Port Houston, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston (ACEC), and the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). Additional support is provided by partner organizations, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Center for Houston’s Future.

Panelists will include:

Phil Bedient, Director, Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED Center), Rice University
Steve Costello, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Houston
Bob Mitchell, President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy
Russell A. Poppe, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District
Chris Sallese, Coastal Programs Coordinator, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation

Moderated by Khambrel Marshall of the KPRC Local 2 Severe Weather Team.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Meeting Room 371ABDE. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m. Remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner will be given at the beginning of the program.

This event is free and open to the public.

Online registration is available until 3:00pm on Wednesday March 29. Please use the link to the left.

Please contact atlarge2@houstontx.gov and districte@houstontx.gov if you would like to be a partner city, organization or sponsor of this event.