Ongoing political unrest has created a need for emerging architects to advocate for issues that concern and inspire them. The CLP focuses on developing skills that benefit designers who aspire to operate in the public realm, as well as designers who may one day consider a career in public service or elected office. The CLP’s goal, to strengthen AIANY’s culture of public advocacy, will also help to develop the next generation of AIA leaders. The curriculum focuses on 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. After the CLP Advisory committee introduces the program and its origin, the leadership selection and development process will be explained. The 2017 Civic Leaders will share their experiences before explaining how the CLP influenced their career objectives.
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