Beginning in 2013, the AIA|DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. With the success of the previous program years, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program is happy to announce its first expansion outside of DC!

AIA Colorado welcomes the CKLDP curriculum and is looking forward to a busy inaugural year.

Are you:

  • Eager to learn about architecture as a business and industry?
  • Curious to develop new skills for your own business?
  • Excited at the prospect of meeting and collaborating with other eager learners, driven professionals and budding leaders?

All emerging professionals within 10 years of licensure (10 years before and 10 years after) are welcome to apply.

If you have questions or want to “stay in the loop” regarding next year’s program, please email the Executive Committee at


Download the full 2016-17 CKLDP Program Schedule

Boot Camp

  • September 16, 2016
  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Importance of leadership within the profession
  • “How To” set-up future courses in the coming months
  • Breakouts with scholars to develop session content for year ahead
  • Sponsorship now and in your future
  • Review of program templates

Session 1: Working Together

  • October 14, 2016
  • The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and other 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: Professional Practice

  • November 11, 2016
  • Office and Firm management
  • Leadership, ownership, and transition
  • Financial planning
  • Business and project management standards

Session 3: Negotiation and Contractual Pitfalls

  • December 9, 2016
  • Ethics and law, from contracts and codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior as it pertains to the profession
  • Negotiating a contract

Session 4: Community Involvement

  • January 13, 2017
  • Community involvement the role of volunteerism in a market-based society
  • Professional expectations for social responsibility and public service
  • Becoming more involved in your own community through philanthropic work and board involvement
  • Understanding how politics and advocacy effect the profession

Session 5: Marketing & Business Development

  • February 10, 2017
  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
  • Importance (or not so important) use of social media
  • Networking

Session 6: Industry Trends

  • March 10, 2017
  • Industry trends and technology within the practice including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and the latest reference(s) focusing on sustainability within the profession
  • Advancing project delivery
  • Learning by doing through the use of fabrication
  • Getting to 2030 as it relates to the environment, economy, and social ethics

Session 7: Research, Education and Practice

  • April 14, 2017
  • The importance of research within the practice
  • Education within the University and the role of mentorship
  • Keeping involved with the academic setting and keeping abreast with new ideas
  • Non-traditional roles in the practice

Session 8: The Future of Practice & Closing Reception

  • May 12, 2017
  • The future of architecture and the fundamentals of planning, design, documentation and service in a forward-thinking and fast changing profession
  • Development trends
  • Developing your own career path
  • Leader effectiveness and personal development
  • Closing Reception to follow

Rachael Johnson

Nicholas Allen

Kristina Winn
Graphics and Marketing Advisor

Korey White
AIA National and Emerging Professionals Committee Liaison

Jo McWilliams
Professional Affiliation Liaison

In 2013 the AIA|DC Chapter established a program to help train and develop the next generation of architectural leaders.  Demonstrating sustained success since its inception, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program looks to continue this trend by calling for applications for the 2016-2017 year not only in DC but also now in Colorado.

The year-long program consists of nine monthly half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of sixteen emerging professionals – defined as someone who has earned a degree in architecture and is within ten years of their first licensure.  Prospective participants will go through an application process for selection through which they must demonstrate proven career success, community involvement, and full support by their firm/agency.

The application process for 2016-2017 is now closed.

If you have questions or want to “stay in the loop” regarding next year’s program, please email

2016-17 CKLDP Program Schedule

2016-17 CKLDP Application

CKLDP Agreement

CKLDP Tuition Assistance

CKLDP is a self-funded program. The success of the program depends on like-minded folks advocating for the program and supporting the effort with their time, generous in-kind donations and financial support.

Thank you to our sponsors!




If you are interested in contributing to AIA Colorado’s inaugural CKLDP year, learn more and fill out the form here  or contact the Executive Committee.