January 25, 2022
by: Adam Roberts
Gray-scale map of New York City Council Districts.
New York City Council Districts map. GIS data: boundaries of City Council Districts, created Jan 29, 2013, updated Dec 2, 2020. Data provided by NYC Department of City Planning. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

Borough presidents and New York City Council members are now accepting applications for community board appointments. Community boards are volunteer advisory groups that provide neighborhood input to city agencies and elected officials.

The primary responsibility of community board members is to oversee local land use issues, such as zoning changes. Therefore, it is essential that more land use professionals, particularly architects, serve on their community boards. Currently, nearly 50 AIA New York members are community board members, providing much-needed professional expertise on land use.

As an architect, serving on a community board is an important way to give back to your community. You may apply to serve either in the community board where you work or the community board where you live. Be sure to attend your local community board meetings and introduce yourself to currently serving members in order to get a better idea of what serving entails.

Please reach out to Adam Roberts, Director of Policy, at aroberts@aiany.org or 212-358-6116 if you apply or have any questions. He will keep track of your application and will advocate with your borough president and council member for your appointment.

Applications for the boroughs are found below:

Please note that this service is only provided to members of AIA New York, AIA Brooklyn, AIA Queens, AIA Bronx, and AIA Staten Island.


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