Architects and Civic Leaders creating a Blueprint for Better

Architects are working with mayors and other civic leaders to take on critical issues cities are facing, including rising water, natural disasters, sustainability, and housing shortages. Architects study, train extensively, and become licensed to help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all who visit the structures that they design. Just as they are trusted advisors when working on buildings, they can be trusted advisors for your cities. This year’s campaign focuses on civic leaders and architects working in partnership to create a blueprint for better.

News & Stories

Three communities transformed by architects and civic leaders

By bringing together architects, civic leaders, planners, and community members, the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design has served more than 200 communities in need over the last 50 years.  The design assistance programs aim for realistic, localized outcomes to address ecological, economic, and social equity concerns. These three US cities were transformed […]


Why work with architects and designers?

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

21st century environmental and political challenges require a new way to approach community development. Six architects and designers share their thoughts on working with civic leaders to transform


Design thinking can solve your city’s biggest problems

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

In the 21st century, communities face greater challenges than ever before. Population growth, public health, climate change, and equity and inclusion are just a few of…


Subscribe to our Newsletter


2018 Film Challenge

The fourth annual Film Challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate to bring architectural stories to life. The prompt calls for participants to highlight architects and civic leaders working together to create a significant impact on the community. The Film Challenge is designed to garner maximum engagement and encourage quality content based on the campaign’s concept: Blueprint for Better.

More about this year’s film challenge >
See previous years >