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:
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 10 years or less.
Interested in applying to be a 2023 CKLDP Scholar? Here are the steps you can take today:
We will accept applications for the 2023 CKLDP program November 16th through December 11th at noon via Submittable.com.
Following is the schedule for 2023 sessions:
Christopher Kelley, AIA, was an active member of the Washington, D.C. architectural community who suddenly passed away in May 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, Kelley 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.
Through the varied areas of study during the year, CKLDP gave me a bigger picture of the architecture industry as a whole. The variety of topics brought me out of my narrow understanding of the field and broadened my view on the industry and how we can shape its future.Lindsay Slavin | Architect, Former Scholar