Director, Center for Communities by Design, The American Institute of Architects
Joel Mills is Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and participatory planning for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in new investment across the country, helping to create some of the most iconic places in America today. The Center’s design assistance process has been replicated and adapted across the world. Joel’s 22-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives. In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success.