Overview: In 2013, AIA|DC developed a program to help train and nurture the next generation of leaders in architecture. The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program is looking to secure a promising new group of scholars in 2022. The year-long program consists of nine half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals. An emerging professional is defined as someone who has graduated from college with an architecture degree and is within ten years of their first licensure. Prospective participants must go through an application process where proven career success, community involvement, and the individual’s firm support will be considered.
The CKLDP curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as:
o firm management
o collaborative excellence
o negotiating skills
o client development
o community leadership
o trends analysis
o the future of the practice
Taking place from January to September, the schedule consists of nine half-day sessions, with one session occurring per month for the duration of the course.
Tuition: Tuition for AIA Members is $450; non‐AIA member tuition is $550. AIA|DC may choose to offer tuition assistance to individuals that may be from small firms that would otherwise not be able to participate. The amount and number of tuition assistance will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
AIA Membership: Though AIA membership is encouraged for all scholars, it is not mandatory. A preference will be given to AIA|DC members, though other allied organization members are welcome to submit an application for review.
Required Commitment to the Program: The program’s success is directly related to the attendance by the participants and therefore attendance is mandatory. Each participant of the program will be required to sign an Agreement Form that will require a signature from one of the participant’s principals of their firm/agency. Provided due notice to the Executive Committee, with extenuating circumstances, each scholar will be allowed one excused absence. If two sessions are missed, a fine of $50 will be sent to the participants’ firm/agency. A further absence will result in an additional $50 fine and expulsion from the program. All scholars are required to attend the “Boot Camp” Session and the Closing Reception, no exceptions.
Honoring Christopher Kelley: 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.