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AIA Citizen Architect

The Citizen Architect uses his/her insights, talents, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition. The Citizen Architect stays informed on local, state, and federal issues, and makes time for service to the community. The Citizen Architect advocates for higher living standards, the creation of a sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good. The Citizen Architect seeks to advocate for the broader purposes of architecture through civic activism, writing and publishing, by gaining appointment to boards and commissions, and through elective office at all levels of government.


Citizen Architect Podcasts

<p>Citizen Architect on the Move highlights architects who are involved with their communities on a civic level, discusses the interplay between civic engagement and architectural practice, explains the value and influence of the AIA in getting architects involved, and examines the role of architects in politics.</p>

<p> <a href=>Check out the Citizen Architect on the Move podcasts now.</a></p>

4questions with Jay Raskin

<p>Jay Raskin is the founder of Ecola Architects. After helping pass The Oregon Resilience Plan, he became a public member of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) which was tasked with creating the plan and was the co-chair of Coast Task Group.</p>

<p> <a href=>Read about his service and advocacy in our 4questions series.</a></p>

4questions with Tom Leibel

<p>Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED Fellow was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to Chair the Maryland Green Building Council and also serves on the Maryland Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and Baltimore City?s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.</p>

<p> <a href=>Read why Tom thinks you should be more involved in advocacy.</a></p>

AIA Architect Running for California State Assembly

<p>Newell Arnerich, AIA, has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the California State Assembly.</p>

<p> <a href=>Read more about his decision to run.</a></p>

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Since 2008 the AIA Board of Directors has recognized and celebrated the efforts of AIA members who have taken the extra step of being a leader in their community & engaging the public as a member of the profession.

View the Board of Directors Resolution



Member Resources

If you are interested in learning how you can join the AIA’s citizen architect network or what you can do to be a citizen Architect? Here are some resources and best practices for you. In addition, any number of citizen architects in your area may be an additional resource for you.

Chapter/Component Links

Here are examples of some of the AIA component citizen architect activities.  Is your component promoting citizen architects?  Let us know and we can add your program to the list.

Component Resources

Is your component looking to start or reinvigorate a citizen architect program?  These are some of the tools that might be useful to you.  If you need additional resources contact Amanda Stratton at

    • Create a Citizen Architect Committee easily with the AIA Guidebook

    • Enter Citizen Architect Data into Netforum: you can learn how to do this by contacting Amanda Stratton.

Center for Civic Leadership

The mission of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is to advance leadership among architects to ensure liveable, healthy, sustainable, and quality-designed environments for future generations.

The CCL seeks to accomplish this mission by becoming the major outreach resource regarding architectural leadership development, education, and training programs; encouraging "Citizen Architects" by supporting civic engagement by AIA members serving in volunteer community service and in elected, appointed, or hired leadership; and highlighting the importance of leadership training and of creating local programs empowering architects to expand their influence on the communities in which the live, work, and play.

For more information, visit the Center for Civic Leadership homepage.


For more information on the Citizen Architect program, please contact Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach at


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