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Introduction

The AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) is designed to cultivate a class of emerging architectural professionals into civic leaders. Through a six-month mentorship and training program, ten selected participants will develop the ability 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 communication and public skills, community outreach and relations, and consensus building.

Vision
The AIANY and AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee support emerging professionals who advocate for issues pertaining to the profession and the communities in which they live and work. In identifying the need for active engagement, the CLP focuses on developing skills that benefit designers who aim to operate in public service, as well as architects who may one day consider a career in elected office. The program’s goal is to develop the profession’s next generation of civically-minded leadership.

Structure
The program will consist of five development sessions, four team building sessions, and two public events to 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 and relations, 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 the 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 32 CEUs during the course of the program.

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