Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program


Sessions will be held monthly 12:00pm – 5:00pm, September 2021 through May 2022.

AIA Houston
P.O. Box 66696
Houston, TX 77266

CKLDP - Benefactor Sponsors

Program Sponsors

CKLDP - Sessions Schedule 2021-2022

Session 0 (September 3, 2021)


Introduction to the course and participants
Importance of leadership within the profession
“How To” set – up future courses in the coming months
Breakouts with scholars to develop session content for year ahead
Sponsorship now and in your future
Review of program templates

Session 1 (October 8, 2021)

Working Together

The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and other allied professionals
Teams, groups, and organizational problem solving, including alternative methodologies (ie. Six Sigma, PMP, ect.)
Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team

Session 2 (November 5, 2021)

Entrepreneurship and Business Management

Office and Firm management
Leadership, ownership, and transition
Financial and succession planning
Business and project management standards

Session 3 (December 3, 2022)

The Art of Negotiating

Ethics and law, from contracts and codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior as it pertains to the profession
Negotiating a contract
Contractual pitfalls
Stakeholder relationships

Session 4 (January 7, 2022)

Community Engagement & Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Community involvement the role of crowdsourced solutions in a market-based society
The business practice of public interest design
Social responsibility of architects as community leaders – (ie. becoming more involved through philanthropic work and board involvement)
Understanding how politics and advocacy affect the profession (ie. civic leadership)

Session 5 (February 4, 2022)

Closing the Deal

Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
Appropriate use of social media
Networking, business development , and pursuing work

Session 6 (March 4, 2022)

Trending Now

Sustainability efforts as they relate to the environment, economy, social ethics, and resiliency
The use of technology within the practice (BIM, VR, data gathering, ect.)
Learning by doing through the use of fabrication

Session 7 (April 1, 2022)

Expanding the Definition of Practice

Research and standard of care in the profession
Education within the University and the role of mentorship
Keeping abreast with new ideas through the academic setting
Alternative business models to a traditional firm
Providing a diverse, inclusive, and innovative practice

Session 8 (May 6, 2022)

Future of Our Culture

Leader effectiveness and career and personal development (ie. work-life balance; self – assessment)
The role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed architects
Developing your own career path through reflection on the CKLDP
Major disruptors in tech/construction