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Robert Daros, Sciame Construction; Pradnya Narayanan, Sciame Construction; Justin Green, Big Reuse; Celeste McMickle, USGBC; Nicolas Savvides, Civic Leadership Fellow. Photo: Christina X Brown.

12/14/22 - Design for Deconstruction: CLP Explores Circularity in the Built Environment

The Civic Leadership Program’s second public event dove into the environmental, financial, and social impacts of construction and demolition waste disposal in NYC and explored circular models for waste management.

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11/30/22 - Biking in NYC Now: CLP Explores the Future of Biking Infrastructure in NYC

The event, which took place at the Center for Architecture, focused on the rising importance of cycling since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and on opportunities and limitations for cycling infrastructure in New York City through three primary lenses: equity, education, and enforcement.

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11/16/22 - A Case for Care in the Public Realm: CLP Explores Equity and Inclusion in the Civic Commons Through the Lens of Care

The panel tackled limitations and opportunities to further equity in the commons, ranging from challenges of capital funding, maintenance budgets, and cross-community collaborations to creative funding solutions to make impactful changes to our neighborhoods.

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11/02/22 - Inside Out: CLP Explores Models for Community Engagement

This session explored existing models for community-sourced design and planning methodologies, surveying a diverse range of topics including past and present approaches to community participation, community land trusts and mutual aid, solidarity economics, the role of academia and technology in participatory planning, and “inside out” models that center praxis and knowledge building within communities.

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09/21/22 - Beyond Shelter: CLP Examines the State of Supportive Housing in NYC

The session was focused on how successfully supportive housing in New York City addresses homelessness, and what can be done to improve its design and construction.

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The CLP's first development session of 2022 focused on urban happiness. Photo: Center for Architecture.

07/27/22 - A Case for Urban Happiness: CLP Examines the Impact of Happiness on Neighborhoods and Communities

On Friday, July 15, the 2022 class of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program hosted their first hybrid development session, organized by Tosin Bamidele, Assoc. AIA, and Bradley Sherburne, AIA. The session focused on urban happiness, its catalysts, effects, and applications.

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08/24/22 - Responding to Coastal Climate Threats: CLP Explores Pathways to Reduce Community Vulnerability

In collaboration with industry professionals, session participants discussed various coastal climate adaptation pathways through political, financial, and social lenses.

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06/29/22 - Civic Leadership Program Kicks Off at the Center for Architecture

On June 11, the AIANY and nycobaNOMA’s Civic Leadership Program (CLP) hosted its sixth-annual Kick-Off at the Center for Architecture. Ten carefully-selected civic leaders were introduced to the origin, mission, and objectives of the program.

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12/13/21 - CLP Explores Ethical Approaches to Community-Based Design

As we experience shifts in practice and pedagogy, many within the design community are reevaluating our agency as designers, questioning our approaches to work, and grappling with the social impact of design.

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12/01/21 - CLP Explores the Legalization of Basement Units

The program focused on the legalization of basement units, exploring issues of climate resilience, the housing crisis, life safety, and local and state policy improvement.

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10/12/21 - CLP Analyzes Park Ownership and Operational Models

Titled “Advocating for Park Improvements via NYC’s Prevalent Park Ownership and Operational Models,” the session provided background into existing challenges to the parks system and explored how to advocate for park improvements.

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09/29/21 - CLP Explores Affordable Housing, Preservation & Data

The session, “Affordable Housing, Preservation & Data,” explored how architects can use housing preservation, historic preservation, and data as tools to combat the affordable housing crisis.

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09/14/21 - CLP Explores the Status Quo of ULURP

The session, “Past, Present and Future of the Public Review Process,” dove into the history and the status quo of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

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08/18/21 - CLP Class Explores Zoning and Shared Equity Housing

The AIANY Civic Leadership Program’s second development session explored how communities have sought to empower themselves in the face of these pressures through neighborhood-scale community plans and building-scale shared equity housing models.

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08/04/21 - CLP Investigates the Impacts of Outdoor Dining in NYC

The session focused on the transition of outdoor dining structures from an emergency temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic to more permanent structures.

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The AIANY Civic Leadership Program hosted a virtual launch event for the 2021 class. Image courtesy of Center for Architecture.

07/07/21 - An Evolving Role: The Civic Leadership Program

While the program has adapted to a changing landscape, underlying commitment to encourage design professionals to recognize and act upon their agency to make a larger positive impact on our communities has remained constant.

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02/17/21 - Actionable Pathways for Community-Focused Careers

Reacting against the barriers to progress that the CLP members felt impede growth in the architecture profession, the cohort reached out to offices they viewed as having significant community impact.

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On October 29, the Civic Leadership Program hosted Enhancing Democracy: The Power of Design in Voting Spaces. Image: Photos courtesy of Jake Price,

12/01/20 - Civic Leadership Program: The Power of Design in Voting Spaces

With a record number of absentee ballots and early voting, our voting systems and voting spaces have been put to the test. As architects and designers—but more importantly as citizens—what can we do to contribute to voter participation and enhance democracy for all?

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CLP Development Session 5:  School Integration and Its Spatialization. Image: Courtesy of Center for Architecture.

11/11/20 - Civic Leadership Program: School Integration and Its Spatialization

On Friday, October 2, Civic Leaders Corey Arena, Assoc. AIA, and Betsy Daniel, AIA, conducted the fifth and final development session for the 2020 AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP). The session’s title, “School Integration and Its Spatialization,” pointed to an important facet of racial inequality in the United States—that segregation is a spatial act.

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Understanding the power of program: how to activate spaces to generate community development and resiliency. Image by Sarah Ahmad and Vera A. Voropaeva.

10/27/20 - Civic Leadership Program: Elevating Non-Market Housing Stock for Lasting Resiliency

The session explored the notion of how we can, as civic-minded individuals, designers and architects, push for an agenda that elevates non-market housing stock through methodologies that advocate and activate lasting resiliency within supportive, public, and affordable housing.

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An introductory presentation was followed by a more focused discussion on the closing of Rikers and the Borough-Based Jails project, featuring Frank Greene, FAIA, OAA, Greene Justice Architecture; and Nadine Maleh, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Image courtesy of AIA New York.

10/14/20 - Civic Leadership Program: Is Our Justice System and its Architecture Sustainable?

The session focused on the shifting forms of justice in New York City, allowing for the cohort to critique the different ways justice can be served in courts and communities.

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09/16/20 - Civic Leadership Program: Storefronts as Civic Life

In NYC, where the profit is often prioritized over the needs of communities, how can we ensure that the ground floor reflects those it is meant to serve?

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The CLP class of 2020 at their first remote development session. Image: Center for Architecture.

08/19/20 - Civic Leadership Program: Unpacking the Democracy of Design

The cohort explored how architects can work within legacy and novel systems to better tackle the challenges we face today.

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01/08/20 - CLP Discusses Tools for Civic Engagement at Center for Architecture

The final AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) event for 2019, Agency: An Architect’s Tools for Civic Engagement, was held on December 3 at the Center for Architecture in an effort to empower architects to have a more proactive civic role.

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On October 30, the AIANY Civic Leadership Program convened a panel exploring how barriers shape the public realm. Image credit: AIA New York.

11/12/19 - CLP Panel Explores How Barriers Shape the Public Realm

Some are permanent and others temporary, some purpose-built and others borrowed, but as these protective features accumulate, how do we understand their impact on our public realm?

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The Civic Leadership Program's fifth development session, In Practice: Architecture through Participatory Design. Image credit: Center for Architecture.

10/30/19 - Civic Leadership Program: Architecture through Participatory Design

When involved with complex public projects, and particularly when balancing multiple stakeholders, architects can find value in increased user-input throughout the design process.

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The cohort then took a ferry to Brooklyn Army Terminal to discuss all aspects of waterfront equity, reconvening to expand the dialogue with invited speakers in one of the SMIA neighborhoods, Sunset Park. Image credit: Center for Architecture.

10/2/19 - Civic Leadership Program: Waterfront Equity

Architects are giving increased attention to the important concept of social equity as they works to define their role as stewards of public welfare.

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The 2019 AIANY Civic Leadership Program's third development session focused on designing spaces to include children and teenagers. Image credit: Center for Architecture.

9/18/19 - Civic Leadership Program: Designing Youth Space

The AIANY Civic Leadership Program’s (CLP) Class of 2019 convened for their third development session to explore exclusion, inclusion, and engagement in the public realm from the standpoint of children and teens.

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2019 CLP class members Richard May, AIA, and Leanne Zick, Assoc. AIA. Image courtesy of Richard May and Leanne Zick.

8/19/19 - Civic Leadership Program: Alternative Project Delivery

How alternative project delivery methods differ from traditional methods, how they are utilized in New York City, and how they can best serve the public.

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On Friday, July 12, the CLP class of 2019 held their first development session of the year. Credit: Center for Architecture.

7/24/19 - Civic Leadership Program: Toward a More Civic Data-driven Architecture

The CLP class of 2019 dissected how emerging technologies impact the design of our cities, our buildings, and our communities.

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6/26/19 - AIA New York Kicks Off Third-Annual Civic Leadership Program

On Saturday, June 1, the 10 new leaders selected for the 2019 class of the AIA New York Civic Leadership Program (CLP) gathered at the Center for Architecture.

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An inspiring talk by Principal Lopez. Photograph: Jenna Wandishin.

12/12/18 - 2018 Civic Leadership Program: EDUCATION – Inside | Out

On November 9, the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) discussed how learners of all ages engage with the built environment. “EDUCATION – Inside | Out” was the last of the CLP’s five development sessions.

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Civic Impact in Practice panel at the Center for Architecture. Image credit: Jenna Wandishin.

11/27/18 - Civic Leadership Program Shares Key Survey Results

The Civic Engagement Survey was issued earlier this year to gage civic engagement, equity, and political advocacy practices currently exercised by AIA New York-affiliated principals across New York City.

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CLP members meet with the Public Design Commission at City Hall. Credit: Jenna Wandishin.

10/29/18 - 2018 Civic Leadership Program: BASE-ics of Affordable Housing – Community Organizing and Design

The AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP), delved into affordable housing by visiting with the PDC at New York City Hall, followed by an open forum and workshop with Chhaya.

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10/15/18 - 2018 Civic Leadership Program: Architects, as Required

On September 20, the 2018 AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) hosted its first public event, “Architects, as Required: Exploring the Periphery of Design.”

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10/2/18 - Civic Leadership Program Session #3: Population in Transition

Architecture alone cannot solve homelessness, but when our skills are applied to the issue, we have the ability to create a path that promotes growth, development, and self discovery.

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Civic Leadership Program, Development Session 2, 2018. Photo: Jade Ragoschke.

8/21/18 - Civic Leadership Program Session #2: Understanding the Role of Architects on Non-Profit Boards

The 2018 Civic Leadership Program‘s second development session focused on public service in the form of  joining a non-profit or community board.

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7/25/18 - Civic Leadership Program Session #1: Grant Writing for Architects

The first development session of the 2018 Civic Leadership Program delved into grant procurement as a means for architects to serve a greater number of communities and expand the boundaries of our practice.

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6/26/18 - 2018 Civic Leadership Program Kicks Off

The kick-off focused on the need for architects to take action by finding opportunities for civic involvement.

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5/30/18 - AIANY Announces 2018 Civic Leadership Program Participants

Ten talented and civically-minded emerging architecture professionals will participate in a six-month mentorship and training program to develop skills to engage in the civic process.

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2017 CLP Development Session. Credit: Center for Architecture.

4/4/18 - Call for Applications: 2018 Civic Leadership Program

AIA New York, along with the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee, are now accepting applications for the 2018 AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP).

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11/29/17 - CLP Public Event: …And Justice for All

On 11.17.17, the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) hosted its second and final public program, “…And Justice for All: Reconstituting Just Potentials.”

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CLP candidates worked together to develop a framework for continued civic leadership. Credit: Center for Architecture.

10/31/17 - CLP Development Session 5: Bridging the Gap Between Architecture and Policy

On 10.20.17, the fifth and final development session of the 2017 AIANY Civic Leadership Program highlighted three practitioners and leaders working to impact change in the regulation of the built environment.

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 “Of, By, and For The People: Grassroots Movements and Policy Transformations.” Credit: Center for Architecture.

10/4/17 - CLP Public Event: Defining Citizen Architect

On 09.25.17, the first of two public events of AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program (CLP), “Of, By, and For The People: Grassroots Movements and Policy Transformations,” highlighted the work of four practitioners from across the country.

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“The Activist, the Architect, the Artist: Case Studies in Civic Engagement,” brought together six practitioners from various professions – architecture, art, landscape architecture, law, and urban design – to explore different forms of civic engagement in communities both large and small. Credit: Center for Architecture.

10/4/17 - CLP Development Session 4: The Activist, the Architect, the Artist

On 09.29.17, the fourth development session of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) brought together six practitioners from various professions—architecture, art, landscape architecture, law, and urban design.

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9/20/17 - Of, By and For the People

On 09.25.17, members of AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program are hosting the first of two public events, Of, By, and For The People: Grassroots Movements and Policy Transformations, at the Center for Architecture.

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9/18/17 - CLP Development Session 3: Community Transformations through the Lens of Resiliency

As our co-existence with natural systems is pushed to limits, cities and communities are having to face some harsh realities. As was the case during Sandy, and most recently with Harvey in Houston, Texas and Irma in the State of Florida, we are witnessing the incredible scale of property destruction, severely compromised infrastructure, and the disruption of lives.

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8/23/17 - CLP Development Session 2: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement – Strategies and Struggles

The AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) held its second of five development sessions this past Friday, 08.18.17, with the emphasis on how architects can facilitate inclusive and productive community engagement.

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7/26/17 - CLP Development Session 1: Civic Leadership Program Opens Discussion

On 07.21.17, AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program convened at the Center for Architecture for the first of five development sessions.

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7/13/17 - Policy Pulse: Announcing 2017 Civic Leadership Program Class

AIA New York and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) are pleased to announce the 2017 class of the Civic Leadership Program (CLP).

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7/13/17 - Civic Leadership Program Kicks Off

On 06.24.17, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee kicked off the Civic Leadership Program (CLP) at the Center for Architecture.

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5/4/17 - Policy Pulse: AIANY Launches New Civic Leadership Program

AIA New York has launched a new initiative to cultivate and train the next generation of civic leaders in our profession. 

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