Alum Selected for AIA Civic Leadership Program
Christina Hernandez M Arch ’15 has been selected for the Center for Architecture's new Civic Leadership Program. Together with nine other young, talented, socially committed professionals, she will participate in a year-long series of programs and events to develop civic leadership skills. The CLP was initiated following the 2016 election to build on the groundswell of energy and interest in the civic realm. According to Hernandez, “The source of my interest in civic leadership and advocacy stems from the intersection of sustainable community development and housing. My passion emerged from a multi-disciplinary background, one I have defined through my study of environmental science, planning, architecture, and several fragments of community service and learning.” Pointing to the large number of architecture professionals in the United States, she says, “The more we participate the more we can affect change for the future of our profession and country.” Hernandez is an architectural designer at SLCE Architects, where she works on housing. Before coming to SLCE, she biked across the country with an organization called Bike & Build to raise money and awareness for affordable housing efforts nationwide. At CCNY, as a research assistant on the publication Prototyping Architecture: The Solar Roofpod, Hernandez researched New York City infrastructure and the potential for net-zero-energy building in underutilized spaces. As an undergraduate in Environmental Planning at Binghamton University, she worked on the Energy and Climate Action Plan for the City of Binghamton, developing recommendations for local policy and government action—a moment she points to as a catalyst to her interest in community-building.