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AIA Potomac Valley Salutes Its Citizen-Architects!

Architects contribute to their communities on many levels, including serving on committees, boards, commissions, and in elected positions. We are proud to share a list of "citizen-architects" of the AIA Potomac Valley chapter, who have shared the ways in which they have given back to their communities through volunteerism, appointments or elective office. 

The term citizen-architect is most commonly associated with Founding Father and architect Thomas Jefferson, and Rural Studio co-founder Samuel Mockbee, FAIA. Both narratives tell compelling career stories that illustrate the spirit of creative leadership applied through design and activism, and have inspired generations of architects that followed. In essence, citizen-architects give back to their communities through civic work in public roles to help educate on the value of architecture. The profession of architecture is inherently suited toward civic engagement because architects design both the public and private spaces that citizens live, work, and play in. With specialized knowledge, skills and experiences of how the built environment affects the wider community, architects have the potential to be an influential voice in government.

If you are an architect in public service, please fill out our Civic Engagement Survey so we can add you to our list. And if you are interested in getting more involved in your community, check out the list of local county boards, committees and commissions on our Citizen-Architect page. There are also valuable resources at the AIA Center for Civic Leadership.

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  1. Wayne W. Broadfield, III

    Jun. 13, 2018

    Congratulations to all on this list and I'm proud to have meet the majority of these leaders during my time serving with AIAPV and AIAMD.