Citizen Architect on the Move highlights architects who are involved with their communities on a civic level, discusses the interplay between civic engagement and architectural practice, explains the value and influence of the AIA in getting architects involved, and examines the role of architects in politics.

Peter Arsenault, AIA, NCARB, LEED®AP, AIA National Vice President, and chair of the Board Advocacy Committee has been an active member of the AIA Community by Design programs having served on related committees and as Team Leader for multiple Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) programs around the country. (Listen to a podcast of the full interview).

Chris Green, AIA, a planning and zoning commissioner in Avon, Colo., is the founding principal of Ago Studios, a small regionally based firm focusing on design and sustainability for commercial, hospitality, and residential clients. Chris is the vice chair of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee of the International Green Constuction Code, and is a member of the AIA’s Board Advocacy Committee. He was the 2008 chair of the AIA Licensing Committee, sits on the Colorado West Chapter Board of Directors, was the 2006-2007 secretary of the AIA Western Mountain Region Council. He was also the 2004 president of AIA Colorado and 2002 president of the AIA Colorado West Chapter (Listen to a podcast of the interview).

Soren Simonsen, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, a Salt Lake City Council member and principal at Cooper, Roberts, Simonsen Associates served as 2008 Chair of the AIA Regional Urban Design Committee Advisory Group, Past Chair of the AIA Young Architects Forum, and is a former President of the AIA Salt Lake Chapter (Listen to a podcast of the interview).

Kian Goh, AIA, a New York-based architect, is a partner at super-interesting! Architecture design strategies, adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and a member of the board of directors of the Audre Lorde Project. In addition to her role at the Audre Lorde Project, Kian is working on a research and design project on the spaces of homeless LGBT youth in New York City, the first publication of which is forthcoming in Unspoken Borders 2009 – The Ecologies of Inequality by the University of Pennsylvania (Listen to a podcast of the interview).

David Helpern, FAIA, a New York-based citizen architect, founded his institution- and hospitality-based practice nearly 40 years ago. He now also serves on the Upper East Side Community Board. His day is never long enough and the challenges are always exciting. (Listen to a podcast of the full interview.)

Peter Steinbrueck, FAIA, a Seattle-based architect, who served on the Seattle City Council from 1997-2007. Steinbrueck has been recognized nationally as an outstanding public policy maker, civic leader, and citizen architect. He recently gave the keynote address at the Civic Engagement reception at the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco. (Listen to a podcast of the full interview.)

Janice Olshesky, AIA, a citizen architect who has been involved on disaster assistance and recovery efforts at the community level, as well as the international level, and integrates civic engagement directly into her practice in Alexandria, Va. (Listen to a podcast of the full interview.)

If you would like further information on the Citizen Architect on the Move, please e-mail Brooks Rainwater.

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