2017 Call for Applications

OVERVIEW

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.

CURRICULUM

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.

APPLICATION

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.).

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

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.

Call for Applications

Overview: 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.

Curriculum:  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.

Schedule:

  • There will be an “Applications 101” Workshop held on June 8th 2016 @ Hickok Cole Architects. The discussion will provide potential scholars with tips for developing successful applications.You can find more information hereRegister online via this link.
  • Applications for the Program are due by June 20th at 11:59 pm. 

For information on the submission requirements and to upload your application please visit this link.

The Fourth Year sessions will be held monthly from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, September 2016 through May 2017. You can find more information here.  Please contact Ricardo J. Rodríguez (Chair) & Aimee Woodall (Past-Chair) if you have any questions.

 

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Learn More About the AIA|DC CKLDP

Interested in a brief overview of the program but don’t have time to read through the session summaries?  Don’t worry, we got you covered.  Check out the PDF below or the Prezi animation for a quick recap.

Closing Reception

The 2015-2016 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program wrapped up a successful second year with a closing reception held at the District Architecture Center on Friday, May 6, 2016.  The reception began immediately following the final class session, with a theme of optimistic celebration as scholars were inspired by the future of the practice.  Invited guests included current and past scholars and their family members, as well as speakers and sponsors from the 2015-2016 program year.  Future candidates were also encouraged to attend the reception to meet the organization and become more familiar with the aspects of the program.

After some time to enjoy the refreshments and partake in socializing, program Co-Chair’s Ryan McEnroe and Sean Stadler made a short presentation to the crowd, which included a tribute to the late Christopher Kelley, acknowledgement of the AIA board support and the benefactor sponsorship.  Special thanks were also noted to the firms, speakers, and suppliers who continue to support the program each year.

As Aimee Woodall called each of the 16 2015-2016 scholars to the podium, a certificate of completion was presented to each individual with congratulations made to the entire class for their successful year in the program.  On a final note, the 2016-2017 schedule was reviewed by incoming program Chair Ricardo Rodriguez, with specific attention to the upcoming call for applications and application deadline.  It was clear that the Executive and Advisory Committees for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program shared great enthusiasm for the success of the outgoing class and even greater optimism for the future 2016-2017 class.

At the closing reception a slideshow was shown providing a yearlong recap of all the sessions and events that took place. Follow this link to view: Closing Reception Slideshow