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AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

  • 1.  AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-12-2018 11:43
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    The future of our profession and even our country is dependent upon the development of creative, critical thinking and passionate leaders. In an effort to promote the development  of next generation architect leaders, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership will be hosting the 2018 Leadership Institute on Friday, November 9, 2018. The College of Fellows is a key partner for this program and can is an invaluable asset in making this year's program the most successful to date.  My hope is that Fellows participation will extend beyond the financial commitment made for the program.

    The event offers at least two compelling reasons to participate:
    • The content with a focus on the development of firm leadership, civic leadership and diversity leadership in 3 Acts.
    • There will be accessibility through new technology enabling prospective participation from anywhere in the world where firms, components or individuals can sign on and view the plenary sessions, as well as be able to engage with the presenters in real time.
     In addition to the Washington DC broadcast site and presentation venue, the Leadership Institute will be presented at regional locations where local programs will expand the educational value of the program. The three other locations include: Orlando, Nashville and San Francisco where each will add local programs to offer a full day of leadership education.

    Promoting this program to members to encourage attendance where they can get to a regional site or signing up for the broadcast to participate remotely would demonstrate a commitment to leadership development aligned with the objectives of the College of Fellows. Perhaps, individual Fellows or Fellows committees may consider sponsoring emerging professionals to be able to attend or to sponsor local sites where groups could come together to partake in the program.

    "The task of a leader is to take people from where they are to somewhere they have not been"  (Henry Kissinger). Let us be those leaders.

    Jud Kline, FAIA
    2018 Chair Center for Civic Leadership

    Judson Kline, FAIA
    CIVITAD Services, LLC
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • 2.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-15-2018 21:16
    Dear Mr. Kline:

    You picked a curious quote to inspire young AIA leaders to civic engagement.  - "The task of a leader is to take people from where they are to somewhere they have not been"  (Henry Kissinger).

    As National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State for Presidents Nixon and Ford, Kissinger's involvement in a series of alleged war crimes in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus and East Timor makes him a less-than-sterling example. He took millions of foreign civilians from where they were to somewhere they'd never been, and really didn't want to go: Hell.

    According to the late Christopher Hitchens in his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Hank deserves prosecution "for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture."

    My choice for a quotable American would have been Eugene Debs, who in 1918 was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sedition - essentially, for exercising his right to freedom of speech by opposing WWI - and who ran for President from his prison cell, winning 3.4% of the popular vote in 1920. A hundred years ago at his sentencing hearing, Debs said:

    Your honor, I ask no mercy, I plead for no immunity. I realize that finally the right must prevail. I never more fully comprehended than now the great struggle between the powers of greed on the one hand and upon the other the rising hosts of freedom. I can see the dawn of a better day of humanity. The people are awakening. In due course of time they will come into their own... years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

    Debs was probably magnanimous enough to have forgiven even bloodthirsty Henry. I am not. if you're really aiming to develop creative, critical thinking and passionate leaders, try quoting a person with less blood on his hands.

    Bill Beyer, FAIA

  • 3.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-16-2018 19:48
    1. The AIA KnowledgeNet website does not presently accomodate responses! Get it fixed or shut it down!

    2. I completely agree with Mr Meyer's rebuke of Kline's non leadership.

    3. Kindly forward a copy to Mr Meyer whose email I have not.

    Harry Wolf




    +351 935 971 000 PORTO



  • 4.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-16-2018 22:09
    Please lighten up a bit. I happen to agree with your sentiments, but I know Jud and he is working hard to make our profession and our communities better as I am sure you are. I don't know if Jud is a fan of Kissinger or not, but likely the quotation was not intended to indicate such.
    2018 AIA CAE Chair

    J. Stuart Pettitt, FAIA
    Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
    Clawson, Michigan

  • 5.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-17-2018 22:08
    Bill:  I concur with Stuart - please lighten up a bit.  I met Jud this summer at KLA and he is both honorable and sincere in his leadership beliefs.  The Kissinger quote is applicable, even though his actions and results are certainly less than sterling.
    As to KnowledgeNet, I share some exasperation that messages and replies have a 24 hour lag time versus real time.  I have mentioned it to the AIA IT folks - they said that revisions to KnowledgeNet will be coming in 2019.

    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC

  • 6.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-18-2018 17:27

    Perhaps, there are better sources for quotations. However, the point was not to focus on the source but the content. That said, the leadership of AIA depends upon its members stepping up to participate in  driving and working on the committees, boards, juries, communities and commissions to deliver services and create the policies for practice  along with engaging our communities to share and promote those values on which we all concur. To populate these groups, we need to build the leaders of tomorrow and inspire those in place today. The AIA Leadership Institute, a program supported and invested in by the College of Fellows, is a source we are producing in pursuing the pathway to leadership.


    I only ask that we participate and promote the AIA efforts in cultivating leadership.  Therefore, let's use our powers for good and consider joining in shaping the future of AIA through your service, support and participation in making leadership education a priority. For those already engaged in serving and leading, thank you for your involvement and for those interested in serving, thank you for your consideration and participation. Join us in the journey to the future we wish for ourselves, profession, the institute and our communities by working to bring others along.


    Hon. Judson A. Kline, FAIA

    Judson Kline, FAIA
    CIVITAD Services, LLC
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • 7.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-18-2018 18:28
    I have to say I completely agree with Bill. Kissinger had the 19th century morality of Metternich combined with the 20th century means of mass destruction. In short he was a cynical cold blooded murderer. He was wheeled out to give the keynote address for its 200th anniversary at a revered institution of which I was a member. I regret to say I was the only one who declined the invitation to attend (politely I may say). I tried to exonerate my colleagues by assuming that they were either too young to remember Kissinger's crimes, or too old.
    Thank you Bill for making your statement. So far from your "lightening up" I would urge our colleagues to "heavy down" a bit.

    Hubert Murray FAIA
    Cambridge MA

  • 8.  RE: AIA 2018 Leadership Institute

    Posted 10-19-2018 17:40

    "You don't know your past.........you don't know your future".

    I agree with Bill and Hubert that the history quotient in this country needs to be raised as a part of leadership. Thanks, Bill for reminding us.



    Gary E. Demele, FAIA

    Minneapolis, MN