AIA Center for Civic Leadership

About Us

The mission of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is to advance leadership among architects to ensure liveable, healthy, sustainable, and quality-designed environments for future generations.

The CCL seeks to accomplish this mission by becoming the major outreach resource regarding architectural leadership development, education, and training programs; encouraging "Citizen Architects" by supporting civic engagement by AIA members serving in volunteer community service and in elected, appointed, or hired leadership; and highlighting the importance of leadership training and of creating local programs empowering architects to expand their influence on the communities in which the live, work, and play.

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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

  • 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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    Reminder - CCL Pre-Convention Program

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    Dear Center for Civic Leadership Community Member: On behalf of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership (CCL), I would like to remind you of our program at this year's Pre-Convention on Wednesday,...

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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