Monthly Lunch


January 24, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm
Disaster Recovery & Good Samaritan Legislation
featuring J. Scott Eddy, AIA, 2019 AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee Chair
and special guest Curnis Upkins, 
Hinds County Economic Development Authority

Albert’s at Parlor Market | 119 W Capitol Street | Jackson, MS
Recommended Parking: Intersection of W Pearl and S Roach Streets (1 block from venue)
Menu: Brisket, gouda mac & cheese, zuchinni & squash, comeback salad, bread, bread pudding & beverage
Please email Amber if you have special dietary restrictions.

11:30am Doors open, lunch orders begin | 12-1pm Programming
1 LU/HSW | $20 | Register at PayPal (include attendees’ names in comments)  |  View the event on Facebook

Learn about the critical role every architect and associate can play when Mississippi encounters its next major natural disaster as well as ways you can use your voice to help AIA Mississippi achieve legislation that protects volunteers when they contribute their knowledge and service. 

Following the devastation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Scott served as a volunteer making several trips to the affected areas to preform building damage assessments.  Since that time, Scott has become a Cal OES certified SAP Evaluator and Cal OES SAP Trainer.  He has served as the AIA/Mississippi Disaster Assistance Committee state coordinator for eight years and was appointed to AIA National’s Disaster Assistance Committee in 2017, serving as Vice-Chair in 2018.  In December of 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Disaster Assistance Committee.

Scott has instructed architects, engineers and building officials in the Cal OES SAP Training program in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, New York and Florida.  These sessions have increased the number of SAP trained evaluators that are able to assist those in need following a declared disaster.  He has also served on panel discussions regarding disaster preparedness at the CACE conference in Philadelphia, PA and A’17 in Orlando, FL.

Mississippi is the only state in the southeast and one on only a few nationwide that does not have a Good Samaritan law protecting architects and engineers from liability when volunteering to provide safety assessments following a declared disaster at the request of the State or authority having jurisdiction.  Scott is in support of a Good Samaritan law that would better enable us to respond in the next disaster.

Read more about Scott in this January 2018 article from Architect Magazine by Steve Cimino, “How architects can help communities recover from disasters (and save millions of dollars).”  Read more about the issue on the AIA Mississippi Advocacy page.

REGISTER by submitting $20 payment at PayPal (at this link). State “January luncheon” and attendees name(s) in the comments. Advance payment required. Space is limited.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Mississippi Concrete Association.

Refer to our Calendar of Events for future luncheon dates. They generally occur on the 4th Thursday of the month except during the months of July, November and December.

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After hosting Mississippi Celebrates Architecture at Albert’s at Parlor Market, we enjoyed the experience so much that we chose to make it the spot for our monthly luncheon. Each month we enjoy a custom menu dreamed up by their executive chef. If you have special dietary considerations, please mention it on your registration. We’re happy to accomodate you!

$20 for an entree, two sides, salad, bread, beverage & dessert
AND wonderful conversation with very smart colleagues