Young Architects Forum

YAF Meetings

YAF meets the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12-1pm

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

CKLDP - Benefactor Sponsors

Young Design Professionals HH - Reception Sponsors

CKLDP - Sessions Schedule 2018 -2019

Session 0 (September 7, 2018)


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 5, 2018)

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 2, 2018)

Entrepreneurship and Business Management

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

Session 3 (December 7, 2018)

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 11, 2019)

Community Engagement

Community involvement the role of crowd sourced solutions in a market – based society
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 1, 2019)

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 1, 2019)

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 5, 2019)

Research, Education and Practice

Research and standard of care in the profession
Alternate business models to a traditional firm (ie. innovative practice models)
The future of architecture and the fundamentals of planning, design, documentation and service in a forward -thinking and fast changing profession
Industry disruptors (ie. technology, construction, ect.)

Session 8 (May 3, 2019)

Future of Practice and Closing Reception

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