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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

AIA leadership development programs—in tandem with AIA components across the country—help shape the minds of architects of all experience levels. Find opportunities to hone essential competencies for leadership through four key leadership tracks:

  • Fundamentals
  • Community
  • Firm
  • Professional

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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.

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

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. The next Leadership Institute will be held in the fall of 2020, follow us online to learn more >

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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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