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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)
5.4.20 – Applications Due (Deadline Extended from 4.27)
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

Please not that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the sessions and programs may require remote participation.

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 by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 4, 2020.

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:


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