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

Architects are part of the solution to Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis

By Steve Cimino

The Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles is perhaps the best-known homeless district in the country, the city’s social services and beautiful weather having made it a destination for the disenfranchised.


Civic leaders look to architects for insight and inspiration at SXSW

By Catherine Gavin

Mayors and architects share many similar qualities; they are generally optimists and visionaries whose work strives to create and support communities.


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. 


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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.

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