High Impact Leadership

Christopher Toddy, AIA Kimberly Yoho, CAE, and Jason Tapia, AIA – September 2017 

(image: AIA Leadership Institute 2016, photo credit: Scott Henrichsen)

Nationally, Architects are recognizing that being leaders in design also requires attention to areas not addressed in their professional practice course in design school. The realities of increased development, shifting politics and greater specialization within the design and construction professions has lead architects to focus greater attention and resources on advocacy and leadership.

Providing leadership education for architects and emerging professionals remains a priority for AIA. Core to its mission, the Small Firm Exchange advocates for small firms, provides leadership in professional development and practice, and supports the local chapter round tables and small firm networks. To that end, SFx is dedicated to building awareness of high impact programs designed for leaders who want to be better leaders and who want to foster future leaders - in the firm, in the community and throughout the profession. To increase your leadership confidence, you must connect with your core values and grow from there.

Sign-Up for the 3rd Annual Leadership Institute, attend at a venue near you, or from your home or office

The Leadership Institute is a national leadership development program of the AIA. Using a digital conferencing model, the program connects multiple locations for an interactive, one-day learning experience. Over 600 architects and emerging professionals have participated since 2015.

On November 16, 2017, the third annual event will be hosted by five Regional Venues: AIA Arkansas in Bentonville, AIA Detroit, AIA New Orleans, AIA Pasadena, and AIA in Washington DC.  Each Regional Venue will host local programming and workshops on leadership and then for a portion of the day, leading keynote speakers in an interactive National Plenary Broadcast will come out of Washington DC.  It is also possible to attend the keynote sessions as a “virtual attendee”. If you cannot get to one of the host sites you can watch the broadcast from a computer, anywhere, or hold a virtual group viewing for your firm. This hybrid conference model is an ideal way for small firms to attend a leadership development program and earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW, travel optional. Leadership Institute attendees will also receive a complimentary download of latest edition of Living Your Life as a Leader.   

For more information and to register, visit http://www.aialeadershipinstitute.com/register

Possible A’18 Leadership Development Preconference Workshop:             
“Focused Leadership for the Proactive Professional”

The SFx Leadership Development Team, working with the Growth Partnership Inc., has developed and submitted a premier half-day, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, leadership development preconference workshop; this proposal has passed to the second round of approvals.  The Growth Partnership is one of the leading providers of leadership skills to professional organizations. SFx feels that all architects, but especially smaller firms who cannot afford ongoing training of this type, need to build and maintain their leadership talents.  Keep an eye out for this workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture and send your leadership team.  You’ll want to attend this workshop to take stock in your strategic vision, refine that vision, and put in place the tools to fulfill that leadership.

More Leadership Development Programs

AIA is in the process of expanding SFx’s preliminary work to catalog and promote component-created leadership development programs as a resource for other chapters and to build awareness of the opportunities members have to access high impact leadership training throughout AIA.  Many programs are shared here. Look for more information to be added as this process continues.

Women's Leadership Summit 2017

The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (AIAWLS) gathered in Washington DC with a focus on ”creating tailwinds” to advance women to leadership roles and bring diversity and equity to the profession. The sold out conference had almost 400 attendees from 36 states and included keynotes from Dina Griffin, AIA of Interactive Design Architects and Susan L. Colantuono CEO of Leading Women as well as a presentation for Rosa T. Sheng, AIA discussing findings of  Equity by Design. See this feature in Architectural Record for more information. 

AIA Virginia’s "Art of Practice"

SFx Leadership Development Team member, Maggie Schubert, AIA was the event chair of the inaugural “Art of Practice” leadership conference AIA Virginia held on March 31st 2017.  AIA Virginia convened a diverse cadre of decision-makers from practices of all sizes, for a one-day forum designed to cultivate strong leaders and advance business practices.  With a focus on creating and fostering a healthy firm culture, both seasoned and emerging leaders came together to share and learn best practices, be challenged, and be celebrated by their peers. Round table discussions organized by firm size focused on leadership development, team building, diversity, inclusion and equity, and legal challenges faced by firms.. "Our industry is continually evolving requiring us to face multifaceted issues of the art and business of architecture. Through the diverse perspectives engaged in the conversation, we create a platform for the sharing of ideas so we can elevate our profession as a whole." - Maggie Schubert, AIA. 

Read a recap of Art of Practice, March 31, 2017>>
View photos from Art of Practice 2017>>

AIA Miami Launching New Program

At the AIA Miami Chapter, the Board voted to adopt the framework of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program originally developed by AIA DC. AIA DC shared the details of their program to serve as a “Toolkit” for other chapters and components to adopt; significantly reducing time and effort required to develop a program from scratch. For more details about AIA Miami’s program click here.

Do you have a leadership program that you would like to share? Highlight a program on aia.org. Email Kimberly Yoho to learn more.