The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a series of eight sessions. The curriculum focuses on honing skills such as:
- entrepreneurship and firm management
- teamwork and collaboration
- negotiation skills
- client development
- industry trends
- business development
- equity, diversity, and inclusion
- community engagement and civic leadership
Christopher Kelley, AIA was an active member of the Washington, D.C. architectural community. 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 centered on supporting emerging professionals. 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.” After his sudden passing in 2012, this program was created by the D.C. AIA chapter to continue his legacy of leadership and activism.
This competitive program accepts 16 emerging professionals each year 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.
AIA Continuing Education
It is intended that this program will have AIA CE credit made available for its participants. Up to 35 CEU’s will be provided depending on design of each session; the percentage that is eligible for HSW is dependent on the curriculum designed by the participants.
Though AIA membership is encouraged for all scholars, it is not mandatory. Preference will be given to AIA Georgia members, though other allied organization members are welcome to submit an application for consideration.
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 submit an Agreement Form that will require a signature from one of the participant’s principals of their firm/agency certifying that the firm will give the Candidate time off for the classes. Before you apply, please review session dates against personal and work calendars.
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 $100 will be sent to the participants’ firm/agency. A further absence will result in an additional $100 fine and expulsion from the program. All scholars are required to attend the “Boot Camp” Session and the Closing Reception, no exceptions.