2017 Call for Applications


In 2013 the AIA|DC Chapter established a program to help train and develop the next generation of architectural leaders.  Demonstrating sustained success since its inception, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program looks to continue this trend by calling for applications to the 2017 class.

The year-long program consists of nine monthly half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of sixteen emerging professionals – defined as someone who has earned a degree in architecture and is within ten years of their first licensure.  Prospective participants will go through an application process for selection through which they must demonstrate proven career success, community involvement, and full support by their firm/agency.


The CKLDP focuses on core professional skills, such as: entrepreneurship and firm management; teamwork and collaboration; negotiation skills; client development; community leadership; understanding industry trends, and; developing your future within the practice.  The selected scholars to CKLDP will plan and participate in each of the sessions.  The program is kicked off with a “Boot Camp” session to introduce the participants and develop the curriculum for the year.


Applications for the Program are due by Monday June 26th 2017 at 11:59 pm. To apply, visit the following link: Application Link
Please have the agreement completed (Agreement Link) and ready for upload.

If you are applying for tuition assistance, please visit the following link and fill out the form along with your application: Tuition Assistance Link

Want to learn more before you submit your application?

CKLDP Applications 101 is on June 5th 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm @ HKS (1250 Eye St NW Suite 600).. The CKLDP 2017-2018 Selection Committee will discuss the benefits of participating in CKLDP and how to successfully apply. Register and find out more via the following link: http://www.aiadc.com/event/ckldp-applications-101.


What is the difference between a Letter of Nomination and Letter of Recommendation?

Letter of Nomination – 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.

Letter 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 recommendation are 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.).


The Fifth Year sessions will be held monthly from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, September 2017 through May 2018. You can find more information here.  Please contact Kate Renner (Chair) & Ricardo J. Rodríguez (Past-Chair) if you have any questions.