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.

The power of partnership

Civic leaders guide

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Stephen Luoni, Assoc. AIA,

explains the role that design-thinking plays in creating the built environment of the future.

Jose Alvarez, AIA,

explains the importance of a collaboration between architects and mayors.

Julie Snow, FAIA,

explains the importance of becoming civically engaged.

Mayor Nan Whaley

explains how architects are helping her look to the future.

Stuart Coppedge, FAIA,

explains how architects can help mayors think broadly about the design of their cities.

Civic I/O

Architects and mayors work together at Civic I/O to design better cities for tomorrow.

News & stories

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community.

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How architects can help communities recover from disasters

By Steve Cimino

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August of 2005, it quickly became a force unparalleled in the history of modern disasters. Roughly 850,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving countless residents with nowhere to go.

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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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