Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

The architecture profession is changing. And we believe you are its next leaders.

2018 - 2019 SPONSORS

The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a series of nine half-day sessions.
The curriculum focuses on honing skills like:
  • entrepreneurship and firm management
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • negotiation skills
  • client development
  • community leadership
  • understanding industry trends
Each year, this competitive program accepts 16 emerging professionals to collaborate, learn together and develop as leaders in architecture.
This program is ideal for members who are eager to advance in their career and either have not yet become a licensed architect, or have been licensed for ten years or less.
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Applications for the 2018 program have now closed, but take a look at some other opportunities that are still open.

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2018 - 2019 Program Schedule

Boot Camp

August 31, 2018 (mandatory attendance)

  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Importance of leadership within the profession
  • “How To” set-up future courses in coming months
  • Breakouts with scholars to develop session content for year ahead
  • Sponsorship now and in your future

Session 1: Working Together

October 5, 2018

  • The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and allied professionals
  • Teams, groups, and organizational problem solving
  • Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team

Session 2: Entrepreneurship and Business Management

November 2, 2018

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Office and Firm management
  • Leadership, ownership, and transition
  • Financial and succession planning
  • Business and project management standards

Session 3: The Art of Negotiation, sponsored by Haldeman-Homme, Inc.

December 7, 2018

  • Ethics and law, from contracts and codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior
  • Negotiating a contract
  • Contractual pitfalls
  • Stakeholder relationships

Session 4: Community Engagement
Lunch sponsor: Spark Architecture

January 4, 2019

  • Community involvement and the role of volunteerism in a market-based society
  • Business practice of public interest design
  • Professional expectations for social responsibility and public service
  • Becoming more involved in the community through philanthropy and board involvement
  • Understanding how politics and advocacy effect the profession; civic leadership

Session 5: Closing the Deal

February 1, 2019

  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
  • Use of social media
  • Networking, Business Development and pursuing work

Session 6: Expanding the Definition of Practice
Session supporter: StudioNYL
Session supporter: Gensler
Lunch sponsor: CR architecture + design

March 1, 2019

  • Expanding the Definition of Practice
  • Research and standard of care in the profession
  • Education within the University and the role of mentorship
  • Keeping abreast with new ideas through the academic setting
  • Alternative business models to a traditional firm
  • Providing a diverse, inclusive, and innovative practice

Session 7: Research, Education and Practice
Lunch sponsor: Viracon

April 5, 2019

  • Sustainability efforts as they relate to the environment, economy, and social ethics
  • The use of technology within the practice (BIM, VR, data gathering, etc.)
  • Learning by doing through the use of fabrication
  • Social responsibility of architects as community leaders

Session 8: The Future of Our Culture & Closing Reception

May 3, 2019 (mandatory attendance)
Session Supporter: The Lighting Agency
Lunch Sponsor: Steelcase Health

  • The future of architecture and the fundamentals of planning, design, documentation and service in a forward-thinking and fast changing profession
  • Work/life balance
  • The role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed architects
  • Developing your own career path through reflection on the CKLDP
  • Leader effectiveness and personal development

Closing Reception to follow

To download the pdf version of the 2018 – 2019 schedule, click here.

You can also view the 2016 – 2017 or 2017 – 2018 schedule.

Current Participants

  • Jing Bao
  • Scott Blosser
  • Michael Bucher
  • James Erickson
  • Stefani Huey
  • Jinnie Hyung Lee
  • Zev O’Brien-Gould
  • Michael Reilly
  • Carson Shields
  • Lindsay Slavin
  • Brianne Smith
  • Melissa Styer
  • Rebekah Wagoner
  • Cody Weaver
  • Zack Writer
  • Ralista Kombakis

Past Participants

2017-2018 Session

  • Emily Axtman
  • Nick Caravella
  • Charles Fentress
  • Christine  Fronczak
  • Katherine Hawkins
  • Trent Hinze
  • Sam Kalscheur
  • Kahyun Lee
  • Kelsey Madden
  • Heather Morrow
  • Holly Paris
  • Brad Schlesinger
  • Mario Siciliano
  • Chris Smith
  • Katie Spicer
  • Jackie Squires

2016-2017 Session

  • Kurt Basford
  • Dan Boghean
  • Ana- Marie Drughi
  • Jesse Garland
  • Alex Garrison
  • Lynsey Grace
  • Steve Greco
  • Stephan Hall
  • Jennie LeNoue
  • Afsaneh Makooi
  • Max McCloskey
  • Hannah-Hunt Moeller
  • Jenna Michieli
  • Abby Noble
  • Meg Schubert

History of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

Christopher Kelley, AIA was an active member of the DC architectural community and suddenly passed away in May of 2012. He was a respected leader within the Institute as well as within Gensler’s Washington office. Through his volunteer efforts, he participated and contributed to initiatives and programs that have had a positive impact on emerging professionals at different stages of their careers.  In 2010 Christopher was honored with the AIA Young Architects Award for which the jury stated, “Christopher has proven himself a young leader within and around the AIA, a real example for other young professionals.” This program is intended to continue his legacy of leadership and activism.

In 2013, the AIA|DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. In 2016, it made its way to AIA Colorado. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm support will be considered.

2018 - 2019 SPONSORS

Davis Partnership Architects
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Session Sponsors & Supporters

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