Center for Civic Leadership

 

The Center for Civic Leadership

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.

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Leadership Institute

 

The Leadership Institute

“The vision of the Leadership Institute is to provide leadership education for architects and emerging professional to empower AIA members towards becoming effective leaders within their firms and within the communities they serve.

Sponsored by the College of Fellows in partnership with the Center for Civic Leadership, the Young Architects Forum, and the Small Firm Round Table.

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Citizen Architect

 

Calling All Citizen Architects
AIA is calling on members across the country to join the Advocacy Network as Citizen Architects. Whether you are looking to make a difference in your local community or advance leadership across the spectrum of government, institutions, or neighborhoods, identifying as a Citizen Architect allows AIA to recognize your service through programs such as the citizen architect award, and to provide the tools you need to make the impact you desire.

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Announcement

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.

Follow @AIA_Advocacy Architect on Twitter. Join CCL by adding it to your AIA.org Account.

Announcements

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 kyoho@aia.org for more information.

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Citizen Architect

Become a Citizen Architect
If you are interested in learning how you can join the AIA’s citizen architect network or what you can do to be a citizen Architect? Here are some resources and best practices for you. In addition, any number of citizen architects in your area may be an additional resource for you.

• Connect with other Citizen Architects around the country through the Center for Civic Leadership

• Become an advocate with Advocacy365

The AIA recognizes a Citizen Architect as an AIA member that applies their design insights, talents and training to advance leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement, and within their community, strive to be the voice of the profession to other members and the general public.
Join the Advocacy Network as Citizen Architect

Since 2008 the AIA Board of Directors has recognized and celebrated the efforts of AIA members who have taken the extra step of being a leader in their community & engaging the public as a member of the profession.
View the Board of Directors Resolution

Publications

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.

Latest Discussions

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    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    AIAKinetic is available for download in both the Apple and Google Play Stores. AIAKinetic is an initiative of the AIA Small Firm Round table that empowers the successful practice of architecture....

  • Brian J. Frickie AIA

    AIA Kinetic is on the APP Store and GooglePlay!

    Posted in: Center for Civic Leadership

    AIA Kinetic Now Available! AIAKinetic is an initiative of the AIA Small Firm Round table that...

  • 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: http://www.aia.org/advocacy/publicpolicy/AIAB051119 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...

Awards

Component Excellence Award for Advocating for the Profession—Citizen Architect

This award recognizes AIA members who have applied their skills, training, talents and experience to serve their communities and profession as advocacy leaders. In 2008 the AIA Board of Directors passed a resolution to recognize the service and efforts of Citizen Architects, this award recognizes active engagement and public demonstration of the best things an AIA member can offer in service to the public. 

 

The 2015 recipient, William Dikis, FAIA was honored during the Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference. More information.

Submissions in this category include:


• Members or components that have worked with collateral organizations and/or policymakers to encourage and promote the planning of more livable neighborhoods.
• Members that have elevated the profession and championed causes to promote design as an elected or appointed official.
• Members or components that have proactively sought to improve the practice and prosperity of the profession, the community or nation through advocacy.
• Members or components that have led other AIA members and allied professionals in community or legislative efforts to improve the built environment.

Podcasts

Citizen Architect on the Move Podcast

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

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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