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Call for Applications: Civic Leadership Program (CLP)


Deadline: Monday, 27 April 2020.


The AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) develops a class of emerging architectural professionals into civic leaders by refining the critical skills that design professionals need to better represent the people that they serve. We do this by increasing architects’ connections to their communities, developing their advocacy capacities, and supporting their pursuit of public service in elected or appointed office.

The CLP develops a class of emerging architectural professionals into civic leaders by refining the critical skills necessary to better represent the people that design professionals serve. By increasing connections to their communities, developing their advocacy capacities, and supporting their pursuit of public service in elected or appointed office, the CLP develops the next generation of civically-minded design leaders. Each year, the CLP selects ten emerging AIA members to participate in a six-month journey to improve their community outreach and public relations skills, strengthening the AIANY’s culture of advocacy by providing opportunities to interface with municipal agencies, community development organizations, and local stakeholders.

The six-month program runs June through December and will consist of five development sessions, two team-building sessions, and two public events, each of which contributes to building a framework for engagement. At the onset of the program, the ten participants will be paired off to plan and host one of the five monthly development sessions. At the development sessions, the CLP cohort will learn about and discuss topics of interest with invited expert speakers. Each development session will include a supplemental training or information seminar led by the CLP advisors. Additionally, toward the end of the program, the cohort will organize two public events to engage with the profession and the general public. The CLP encourages participants to find their own voice and choose topics to explore. Past topics have included public interest design, land use and public space, community engagement and relations, public development and infrastructure, sustainability and resiliency, funding and financial support, political obstacles and opportunities, and new business models. Participants will earn approximately 29 CEUs during the course of the program.

How to Apply

Successful applicants are expected to attend and participate in all program events. Development sessions will take place from 1-5 pm. Concept development, logistics briefing, public events, and rehearsals are from 6-8 pm. Planning for the development sessions and public events will require additional time.

3.4.20 – Applications Open
3.18.20 – Info Session & Breakfast (optional)
4.7.20 – Info Session & Happy Hour (optional)
4.27.20 – Applications Due
5.27.20 – Participants Announced

Program Dates:
5.29.20 – Happy Hour/ Meet and Greet
6.13.20 – Full-Day Program Kickoff
6.17.20 – Concept Development
6.23.20 – Logistics Briefing
TBD – Team Building
TBD – Team Building
TBD – Team Building
7.17.20 – Development Session
8.7.20 – Development Session
8.28.20 – Development Session
9.18.20 – Development Session
9.25.20 – Concept Clarification
10.2.20 – Development Session
10.21.20 – Public Event Rehearsal, Team 1
10.29.20 – Public Event
11.30.20 – Public Event Rehearsal, Team 2
12.3.20 – Public Event
12.17.20 – Program Conclusion

In alignment with the American Institute of Architects, the Civic Leadership Program is committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession. The application is open to all design professionals; however, accepted participants must be AIA members. While current students are not eligible, emerging professionals are encouraged to apply.

Please email submission material in a single PDF (max 10 MB) to 

Submission Materials: (20 pages max) 

  • Cover Page: Name, email address, AIA number if applicable

  • Resume

  • Biography (250 words max)

  • (2) Responses:

    • Describe your interest in the Civic Leadership Program. Your response may include what you hope to achieve, what you find compelling from previous years/leaders or how your interest relates to architecture. (500 words max)

    • The Civic Leadership Program will require you to organize public programming in collaboration with other participants.  List and describe up to three areas of interest, relevant to NYC in 2020, that you would like to pursue through your participation in CLP. You are not required to demonstrate previous experience in these areas. (250 words max)

  • (2) Letters of Recommendation

    • Current employer

    • Former employer, professor or informed individual who can provide insight into your application. Letters of recommendation cannot be written by individuals related to the applicant.

  • Supporting Material:

    • Samples of relevant experience demonstrating interest in civic engagement or advocacy (projects, essays, work samples).

Application Information Sessions at the Center for Architecture: