From the NY Times:
Ms. Perlmutter is...the public director of the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter, which is encouraging its members to apply to join their local community boards before the Manhattan deadline for applications at the end of this month. On Friday the group sponsored a breakfast to answer questions from prospective applicants and help them fill out their applications. About 30 architects attended, and most said they planned to apply.
The goal is to bring more architectural expertise to the boards, which consider matters of development, land use and zoning.
No, the goal is to fill the boards with the developer-friendly so overdevelopment in the city can continue (see Queens Community Board 1). Or we can just eliminate the boards all together and not let the community have a say at all.
P.S. Perlmutter is also an LPC commissioner.