Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Applications Due

  • Date

    Monday, June 26 2017

  • Time


  • Location

    Online Application

Program Overview
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 looks to secure a promising new faction of scholars in 2016. The year-long program consists of nine individual 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 10 years of their first licensure). Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm/agency support will be considered.

Curriculum: The curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management; teamwork and collaboration; negotiating skills; client development; community leadership; understanding trends within the industry; and developing your future within the practice. The selected scholars to the leadership program are responsible for planning and participating in each of the individual sessions. The program will be kicked off by a “Boot Camp” session to introduce the participants and to develop the curriculum for the year.

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Details on the Program and Application Process
2017-2018 Schedule

To apply, select the "Apply" button at the top of the page. Please have the agreement completed and ready for upload.

If you are applying for tuition assistance, please fill out this form along with your application.

You will need the following to complete your application:
Letter of Nomination/Letter of Interest

A letter of nomination should come from someone who is familiar with the program and Institute as a whole, as well as the applicant themselves. The letter should address specific leadership skills that the candidate will bring to the program, as well as what the candidate expects to gain from the program. The nomination letter should also explain why the author and/or author’s firm see the candidate as a current and/or future leader.  A self-nomination letter from the applicant is also acceptable, but note that self-nominations are highly encouraged to provide additional letters of recommendations as support. Letters are limited to one page and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-First Name-Letter of Nomination.pdf)

Letter of Recommendation
Each application must include a minimum of one and maximum of three, letter(s) of recommendation. A letter of recommendation speaks to the leadership character of the applicant. Individual and specific stories are shared, which reinforce both the personal qualities and professional traits of the applicant. Letters of recommendationare encouraged to be provided by others who have worked closely with the applicant, but do not have to be from within the industry (church, university, client, contractor, coach, etc.). Letters are limited to one page each and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-FirstName-Letter of Recommendation-1.pdf)

Want to learn more before you submit your application?

CKLDP Applications 101 is on June 5th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The CKLDP 2017-2018 Selection Committee will discuss the benefits of participating in CKLDP and how to successfully apply.

Register and find out more here.