So You Want to be a Citizen Architect? Get Inspired to Take Action!

Friday, May 21, 2021 | 3:00pm EDT

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Have you been inspired to get involved as a Citizen Architect, but do not know where to begin? Are you an emerging professional who wants to make a tangible difference in your community? Are you seeking new ways to transfer your architectural skills to improve the well-being of others? If so, this session is for you. Hear from a diverse group of architects and designers who currently serve as board members, commissioners, and civic leaders in their communities.

Panelists will share their path to involvement, lessons learned, and insights into why civic engagement is important for architects. Attendees will learn of various levels of civic engagement and the stepping stones needed to jumpstart or reinvigorate the path to becoming a Citizen Architect. They will expand on how and why architects should take on a leadership role in their communities as members of governmental agencies, panels, and various boards. This session will have ample Q&A time, allowing for attendees to engage with the civic leaders.

Learning objectives

  • Summarize what it means to be "involved" in our communities and why some architects choose to be civically involved.
  • Describe how participating in a local agency such as the zoning or planning board helps improve the health and safety of their own community.
  • List ways architects bring critical problem solving to help solve civic issues and identify how this can impact the wellbeing of the community.
  • Summarize how participation in local government can improve their overall understanding of "community" and the impact architecture can have on the wellbeing of that community.
  • Understand the political process, how to become involved, and possible conflicts with civic participation in the communities where architects work.

This webinar is the first in a three-part series called "So You Want To..." brought to you by the Young Architects forum.



Tiara Hughes, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
Commissioner of Chicago Landmarks 
Trinity Simons
Executive Director of Mayors’ Institute on City Design
Thomas Hurlbert, AIA, LEED AP
SD President and Sioux Falls Districting Commission 
Jessica O'Donnell, AIA, AIA
National YAF Vice Chair 
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