December 2, 2019
by Adam Roberts
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Department of City Planning.

Borough Presidents and Council Members are now accepting applications for those interested in serving on community boards.

Community boards are volunteer advisory groups that provide community input to city agencies and elected officials. The primary responsibility of community board members is overseeing land use applications, such as zoning changes, in their district. This makes it essential that more land use professionals, particularly architects, serve on their community boards.

AIA New York is strongly encouraging its interested members to apply. While it is a major time commitment, serving on a community board is an important way to give back to your community.

You may apply to serve in the area in which you work or live. If you are interested in applying, you should be sure to attend your local community board to meet currently serving members and get a better idea of what serving entails.

Please reach out to Adam Roberts, Director of Policy, at or 212-358-6116 if you apply or have any questions. He will keep track of your application and will follow up with your Borough President’s and Council Member’s office to advocate for your appointment.

Applications for the boroughs are found below:


Pulse Points:

  • Civil service exams are now open for architects seeking employment with the City. Please follow this link to see the schedule of exams, as well as descriptions of civil service titles for which exams are available. For appointed (non-civil service) positions within the City, submit your resume to the Mayor’s Office of Appointments.
  • The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) is hosting a series of workshops on the implementation of DOB NOW, its online filing system. We highly encourage you to attend one in order to better inform the City about improvements that could be made to the system.
  • AIANY members Michael Plottel, Chair of the Public Architecture Committee, and Jessica Morris of the Planning and Urban Design Committee, both testified at the City Council last month in support for improved Parks Department procurement. AIANY strongly encourages its members to take advantage of opportunities for public comment. If you would like to testify at the City Council or State Legislature on behalf of AIANY, please reach out to Adam Roberts, Director of Policy, at


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