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About Us

The mission of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is to advance leadership among architects to promote livable, healthy, sustainable, and quality-designed environments for future generations through community participation and advocacy.

In coordination with the CCL Mission Statement, the goal of the CCL is to focus on the three main aspects identified for architects to become more involved as leaders –

1) the development of a Leadership Institute,
2) identification, recognition, and promotion of Citizen Architects, and
3) the evaluation, creation, and maintenance of Leadership Resources.

Although CCL volunteer members are instrumental in the development of all three of these aspects of leadership, AIA staff will be critical to maintain consistent coordination of CCL programs, database assistance, and the assurance that AIA members receive a cohesive message about architects as leaders in their professional, community, or political spheres.

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Build AIA’s Leadership Library

Is your component doing good work on civic leadership? Are you developing your leaders’ interpersonal skills, community leadership techniques, organizational partnerships or advocacy strengths? If so, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership wants to share your success stories! Contact Kimberly Yoho at for more information.

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Creating a Citizen Architect Committee

This handbook guides AIA Components on how to set up an organizational structure that encourages and supports civic engagement.

Local Leaders in Sustainability

Local Leaders in Sustainability is the AIA's research series on green building policy at the local level.

Living Your Life as a Leader

The AIA's leadership handbook serves as a reference and guide to your personal leadership development.


Citizen Architect on the Move Podcast

Listen to Citizen Architects discuss the interplay between civic engagement and architectural practice.

Latest Discussions

  • F. Michael Ayles AIA

    A message to 2015 Grassroots participants ...

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    ... WELCOME to our FIRST discussion post of 2015. This message is specifically for you! If you are reading this post, there is a good chance it is because of a red postcard you picked up about...

  • Venesa Alicea AIA

    Citizen Architect on the Move Podcasts

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    For those of you interested in Podcasts, here is a link to Citizen Architect on the Move Podcasts: Citizen Architect on the Move highlights architects...

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    The Sequester, Federal Budget and Medicaid Expansion

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    As some of you know, these three subject matters are intimately related and have a significant impact on the healthcare design community. For those that have not connected the dots, please allow me...

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    Six things losing candidates say

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership I wanted to share another article about running for office. This is from the perspective of one of the leading pundits in...

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    Article from Campaigns & Elections Magazine

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    I came across this article form C&E magazine, and it might be useful for any member considering running for office. ...

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Latest Blogs

  • Je'Nen M. Chastain Assoc. AIA

    Become Active with the CCL

    Center for Civic Leadership

    Happy Friday to all, On behalf of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership we sincerely appreciate your interest in the efforts of this group, and your investment in the communities that you serve.... more

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  • John A. Matthews Jr. AIA

    Consider Becoming a Citizen Architect

    Center for Civic Leadership

    Why not follow the lead of our nation’s founding fathers and take time to serve your community. You might ask, how do you balance family life, business obligations, and public service. Well... more

  • John A. Matthews Jr. AIA

    The Value of Civic Action and Participation

    Center for Civic Leadership

    By: Steve Castellanos FAIA California State Architect 2000-2005 Former of President of AIA California Former Secretary of the AIA Board of Directors A while back a friend asked why I... more