AIA Illinois has numerous programs aimed toward developing member architects' natural leadership skills. According to the guidelines established by AIA, a Citizen Architect:
- Uses her/his insights, talents, training and experience to contribute
meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human
- Stays informed on local, state and federal issues, and makes time for service to the community.
- Advocates for higher living standards, the creation of a sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good.
- Seeks to advocate for the broader purposes of architecture through civic
activism, writing and publishing, by gaining appointment to boards and
commissions, and through elective office at all levels of government.
- For those seeking to become more involved as a Citizen Architect, we recommend the following leadership development
and civic engagement activities:
National Grassroots Annual Leadership and Legislative Conference (March 4-6, 2015, Washington, DC)
AIA Center for Civic Leadership
AIA Illinois Leadership Institute
Volunteer in an AIA Knowledge Community
Serve on a Local or State Component AIA Board