AIA Continues Local Community Revitalization Program with Request for Proposals

Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program is seeking RFP’s from community applicants

WHAT:  The SDAT Program is a collaborative program that brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals from across the country to work with residents and community leaders through an intensive charrette planning process. SDAT teams are composed of volunteer professionals representing a range of disciplines customized to match local needs, including architects, urban design professionals, economic development specialists, land use experts, and others.  The goal of the program is to provide technical assistance and process expertise to help communities develop a vision and framework for partnerships to address their key issues. The approach is designed to address many of the common challenges communities face by producing long-term sustainability plans that are realistic and reflect each community’s unique context.

WHO: Community leaders, stakeholders, decision-makers and elected officials.

WHEN: The final deadline to submit proposals for consideration in the 2015 SDAT program is November 21, 2014.  The individual SDAT programs will be performed in selected communities in 2015.

For more information about the SDAT program visit: 

The application can be directly accessed here:

About SDAT

Through the Design Assistance program, over 200 professionals from 30 disciplines have provided millions of dollars in professional pro bono services to 69 communities across the country. To date, the program has helped tens of thousands of citizens envision more sustainable communities and build innovative partnerships to achieve success. The Design Assistance program has galvanized hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment in communities across the country. Its processes have led to numerous award citations, and in 2010 the Center for Communities by Design was named Organization of the Year by the International Association for Public Participation for its impact on communities and contributions to the field.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


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