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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 is designed to cultivate a class of emerging architectural professionals into civic leaders through a six-month mentorship and training program, as ten selected participants develop skills to engage as designers in the civic process. The CLP will provide opportunities to interface with municipal agencies, community development organizations, and local stakeholders in development sessions and public events. The program will emphasize improving skills in communication, public speaking, community outreach, and consensus building.

The program will consist of five development sessions, four team building sessions, and two public events, which together build a framework for engaging with the public realm. The curriculum for the development sessions is self-driven by the participants; topics may include relevant issues such as public interest design, land use and public space, community engagement, public development and infrastructure, sustainability and resilience, funding and financial support, political obstacles and opportunities, and new business models. Each development session will include a supplemental training or information seminar led by CLP advisers. At the onset of the program, the ten participants will be paired to plan and host one of the five monthly development sessions as well as one of the two public events. Participants will earn approximately 29 CEUs during the course of the program.

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