Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program


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

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

CKLDP - Benefactor Sponsors

CKLDP - Sessions Schedule 2021

Session 0 (January 8, 2021) attendance required


  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Scholar introductions and program overview
  • Importance of leadership
  • Program ‘How To’s’ – sponsorship, templates, and session planning
  • Break out sessions to begin to develop future sessions content

Session 1 (February 5, 2021)

  • Entrepreneurship + Closing the Deal
  • Office and Firm management
  • Leadership, ownership, and transition
  • Business and project management standards
  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing, and professional speaking skills
  • Networking, business development, social media, and pursuing work

Session 2 (March 5, 2021)

  • Community Engagement + Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Citizen Architect – The social responsibility of Architects as a community leader
  • Civic Leadership – Understanding how politics and advocacy affect the profession
  • Community involvement and the role of crowdsourced solutions in a market-based society
  • Public interest design
  • How can Architects advocate for, promote, and practice equity, diversity, and inclusion in their practice and the community

Session 3 (April 9, 2021)

  • Working Together + Future of our Culture
  • Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team
  • The role of Architects relative to other project stakeholders
  • The qualities of an effective leader
  • The role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed Architects
  • Major trends and disruptors in technology and construction
  • The use of technology within the practice

Session 4 (May 9, 2021)

  • Expanding the Definition of Practice + Trending Now
  • 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
  • Sustainability and resiliency