Caroline Field is a Principal Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the design and analysis of a wide range of structures for the built environment. She specializes in the field of structural resilience to extreme events, specifically earthquakes, explosions and progressive collapses.
Caroline has pioneered the development of resilience consulting, helping clients develop risk-based, comprehensive approaches to resilience. Her approaches balance physical mitigations with adaptive capacity, consider shocks and stresses, social and economic factors, and incorporate future-trends analysis. She earned the Building Research Establishment Trust and Worshipful Company of Constructors Royal Charter International Research Award in 2014 for her part in the development of an innovative and comprehensive approach to measuring resilience using an online tool.
Using a resilience framework and approach that supports client decision-making and prioritization, Caroline assists clients in developing and implementing their resilience policy and strategy. The strategy can be used to help cities, masterplans, campuses, organizations, infrastructure systems and buildings. Actions included the establishment of a cross-sectoral platform for disaster risk management as a crucial aspect of risk governance to manage and implement the actions identified; an earthquake risk reduction plan; climate change adaptation plan; coastal resilience plan; information management plan, community resilience building plan, response plan and recovery plan framework. Caroline has conducted city resilience assessments for clients around the world in locations such as Beirut, Sao Paulo, London, and Bristol.
A recognized leader in her field, Caroline regularly presents on the subject of City Resilience, including presentations at the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference in the United States, and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Cities Conference in the United Kingdom. She is also active in developing resilience standards and approaches with industry organizations, such as the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division, where she co-chairs the Social Science, Policy, Economics, Education Decision (SPEED) Committee; the U. S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) Resilience Committee; and the British Standards Institute City Resilience Standard, where she is deputy-chair. Additionally, she is currently contributing to the ASCE Disproportionate Collapse Standards Committee and is co-author for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Protective Design Guide. She is actively engaging with the World Bank and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in their efforts to reduce disaster risk.