How to Apply
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Program Description

The Civic Leadership Program (CLP) is open to architects, designers, and urban planners who are interested in exploring the intersection of design, advocacy, and policy. AIA New York is excited to collaborate with nycoba|NOMA for this year’s program.

The CLP includes a self-led research project, developed in partnership with another program participant, on a topic of the pair’s choosing. The research will culminate in a development session, which is a three- to four hour-long presentation or workshop delivered by the pair to the larger CLP cohort. Participants are also tasked with developing, in a team of five, a public event hosted through the Center for Architecture. Additional training and workshops will be conducted with various organizations to strengthen and coach participants towards effective community action and advocacy. Following the development session and public event, CLP cohorts will draft write-ups summing major themes, which will be published in the AIANY and Center for Architecture newsletter.

After completion of this program, CLP cohorts will have: 

  • Cultivated their leadership skills
  • Developed facilitation and collaboration skills for working with communities that architects, designers, and planners serve
  • Gained awareness of civic issues in NYC and ways to get involved
  • Met and engaged with local political leaders 

Please refer to the previous class yearbooks on the AIANY Civic Leadership Program page for additional information. 

Watch the video of a previous application info session.

Questions? Please read our FAQs or email



Selected applicants are expected to attend and participate in all program events. Development sessions will take place on Fridays from 1-5 pm. Participants should plan to set aside 3-5 hours per week for research, coordination, and planning in the weeks leading up to their development session. The concept development and logistics briefing sessions, as well as public events and their rehearsals, will be held from 6-8 pm. Team building sessions, planning for the development sessions and public events will require additional time. 

Pre-Program Dates: 

3.3.21 – Applications open
3.19.21 – Morning Info session (optional)
4.7.21 – Afternoon Info session (optional)
4.26.21 – Early Deadline
5.03.21 – Extended Deadline

5.26.21 – Participants announcement 

Program Dates: 

6.4.21 – Happy hour/ meet and greet
6.12.21 – Full-day program kick-off
6.17.21 – Program logistics briefing
6.24.21 – Research concept development
7.23.21 – Development session
8.6.21 – Development session
8.27.21 – Development session
9.17.21 – Development session
10.1.21 – Development session
TBD – Public event rehearsal (Team 1)
11.4.21 – Public event (Team 1)
TBD – Public event rehearsal (Team 2)
12.2.21 – Public event (Team 2)
12.16.21 – Program conclusion
TBD* – Skills- building workshop
TBD* – Skills- building workshop
TBD* – Skills- building workshop

*Please note that these will be conducted throughout the program and may occur on a Saturday 

Sessions and programs will be held remotely via video conference platform until further notice.



In alignment with AIA New York, 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 who have graduated; however, accepted participants must be AIA, Associate AIA, and/or nycoba|NOMA members at the start of the program.   



Please submit application material as a single PDF (max 10 MB), plus optional video file, and upload here.

Please format your file name: last name_CLP_2021 and wait to be sure your file is fully uploaded and you receive the confirmation screen. All submissions are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 3, 2021. 


Submission Materials: (20 pages max)  

Applicants will be reviewed for their interest in civic leadership, engagement, and advocacy work. Resumes will only be used for context and will not count towards the selection criteria. External documents and links will not be part of the evaluation. 

  • Cover Page: Name, email address, AIA number (if applicable)
  • Resume 
  • Biography (250 words max) 
  • Two (2) Responses: 
      • Response 1: The response to this prompt can either be in a video format (3 minutes max) or written format (500 words max). Describe your interest in the Civic Leadership Program. Your response may include:
        • Why civic engagement, awareness, and advocacy in the design field are important to you
        • How you have participated in community engagement, public processes, and advocacy in the past
        • Your vision for the future of equity and/or change in the design profession
        • How you would like to grow as a civic leader. Include skills, awareness, and experiences you would like to develop through the Civic Leadership Program to serve as a better leader, advocate, and design professional in your interest areas
      • Response 2: The Civic Leadership Program will require you to organize public programming and internal workshops in collaboration with other participants. List and describe up to three areas of interest relevant to NYC that you would like to pursue through your participation in CLP. You are not required to demonstrate previous experience in these areas. (250-500 words)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. Letters cannot be written by individuals related to the applicant. We  recommend one from each of the following:
        • Someone who can speak to your professional experience; this can include a current or former employer or a professor
        • Someone who can speak to your personal character, leadership style, and/or teamwork skills; this can include a mentor, mentee, peer, or past/current collaborator
  • Supporting Material
      • Samples of relevant experience demonstrating interest in civic engagement or advocacy (projects, essays, work samples).  


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