Announcing the Mayors Innovative Design Cohort

We are excited to launch a partnership with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) to help mayors build zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, and equitable cities!

We are offering 3 cities the opportunity to partner with an architect to tackle a local renovation, reuse or retrofit challenge that aims to reduce environmental impact and equitably serve the surrounding community.

Architects know that the greenest building is the one already built.

And many cities across the country have an overabundance of vacant, deteriorating, or underused buildings that could be transformed into community assets. We invite US cities to apply by submitting a letter of interest (no more than 500 words) by Friday, May 28.

3 winning US cities will receive:

  • Technical assistance with final written recommendations from an architect, customized to suit your specific project scope and needs.
  • Up to $5,000 per city to cover necessary city staff time, engagement tools, and supplies.
  • The opportunity to present their project at a future (virtual or in-person) Mayors Innovation Project event.

Learn more & Apply

AIA is the largest design organization in the world and, through their Blueprint for Better Campaign, they are bringing together communities, civic leaders and architects to re-imagine a built environment that addresses the urgent needs climate change presents. Learn more.