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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.

Leadership Institute

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. 

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Citizen Architect

Calling All Citizen Architects

In identifying Citizen Architect members, AIA can create stronger networking and collaboration opportunities that will insert our citizen architects to the forefront, and create a forum to learn about each other and assist with carrying out their public duties. 

If you are an AIA member serving as an elected, appointed, or volunteer Citizen Architect, we want to hear from you.

Living Your Life as a Leader

Living Your Life as a Leader

With a focus on leadership development, the American Institute of Architects Center for Civic Leadership was tasked to produce a personal leadership tool to enable architects to cultivate their leadership potential. The Center’s effort resulted in the publication of the “Living Your Life as a Leader, Creating Your Personal Leadership Plan”. A strategic tool to promote leadership capabilities and build capacity in the profession is essential. The “Living Your Life as a Leader, Creating Your Personal Leadership Plan” is that tool.

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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.


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Why Communities Need Design Thinking

This article discusses the importance an architect's engagement can have on their community with viewpoints provided by an architect and a councilperson.


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Running for Office as an Architect

Two candidates running in simultaneous 2018 mid-term elections share their experiences, lessons learned, and advice for other architects looking to enter politics.


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AIA Leadership Programs

Looking for a leadership program in your region. Check out this list of national programs.


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Citizen Architect

The term “Citizen Architect” is a title informally bestowed on AIA members, given with great pride and representative of a call to action for Architects to take a greater role in the civic advocacy of their communities. As defined in 2008 by the AIA National Board of Directors, the Citizen Architect:

  • uses his/her insights, talents, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition.
  • stays informed on local, state, and federal issues, and makes time for service to the community.
  • advocates for higher living standards, the creation of a sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good.
  • seeks to advocate for the broader purposes of architecture through civic activism, by gaining appointment to boards and commissions, and through an elective office at all levels of government.

If you are a member serving as an elected, appointed, or volunteer Citizen Architect, we want to hear from you.

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Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is a national leadership development program of the American Institute of Architects. Using a digital conferencing model, the program connects multiple locations for an interactive, one-day learning experience. Over 1000 architects and emerging professionals have participated since 2015. This year, the Leadership Institute will be held in the fall of 2018, announcement coming soon. 


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Publications

Citizen Architect Handbook

This AIA handbook provides the resources to becoming a citizen architect by assuming leadership roles that help strengthen our communities through the power of design. Download the Handbook >

Living Your Life as a Leader

The AIA's leadership handbook serves as a reference and guide to your personal leadership development that helps enable architects to cultivate their leadership potential. Order the Third Edition >

AIA Advocacy Action Center

AIA's one-stop shop for all things legislative and political. With this new center, it is easier than ever to find out who your legislators are and how they voted on issues important to the AIA and the design industry, as well as contact them on the issues important to you.


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Architects define leadership for a changing profession

The idea of leadership is up for discussion as the following article explores various key principles of the idea such as building relationships (from personal connections to professional networks), creating a stable and nurturing work environment, and by continuously putting forth one's best effort to set a positive example for their employees.

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