Hosted by AIA Center for Civic Leadership and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program
Local Contacts: Kimberly Yoho, Michelle Stotz, and Ryan McEnroe


Paired with the National Plenary, Washington, DC based participants will engage in local sessions designed to support attendees as they build skills and learn about leadership in this full day program. Utilizing the resource, "Living Your Life as a Leader" as a workbook resource, panel and workshop style presentations will demonstrate how leadership can be learned and applied in the practice of architecture. Highlights from our program include:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership by Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, MBA, Managing Partner, HKS Inc.
  • Panel discussion on Leadership in the Profession
  • Roundtable discussion on Design & Business Leadership


Register by November 4, 2016 to attend this event in Washington, DC | Sold out >


The event will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016. The schedule is subject to adjustment. Download a PDF of this schedule here.


Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP
Ryan is the Co-Founder and Past-Chair for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. He is an active participant within the professional community, having served on the NAAB Board of Directors and various committees for NCARB. He is the current Mid-Atlantic Regional Director on the AIA Young Architects Forum and serves the AIA|DC Chapter on the Emerging Architects Committee. In 2014 he was awarded the AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award and in 2015 the DCCEAS Young Architect Award. Ryan is a core team member for the AIA Leadership Institute Washington, DC Regional Venue, having led the development of content for both 2016 and 2015.

Keynote: entrepreneurial Leadership

Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, MBA
Shannon is Principal and Senior Vice President on the Board of Directors with HKS Architects, based out of the Washington, DC office. He is an entrepreneurial leader in both his professional and volunteer life, and is focused on innovation around health and well-being. With over 15 years of health design and planning experience, Shannon has worked on healthcare facilities through the US and abroad. He served as National Vice President of the AIA in 2005, where he helped organize and lead the organizations knowledge and research agenda. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded young architect of the year from AIA in 2005, and was named Fellow by both the AIA and the ACHA in 2013, among the youngest to ever do so. Shannon has a Master of Business Administration and Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Panel: Professional & Industry leadership


Ashley Clark, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Ashley is the Manager of Marketing Communications at LandDesign, providing strategic direction and oversight for firm-wide marketing initiatives from their Charlotte, NC office. She is a long time AIA volunteer, having served in leadership positions on the National Board, the National Associates Committee, and the American Institute of Architecture Students. Ashley is a recipient of the AIA National Associates Award and was named a 2012 UNC Charlotte Outstanding Young Alumni. An engaging and collaborative professional, Ashley is passionate about communicating the value of design through her work. 

Klause Philipsen, FAIA, LEED AP
Klause is President of ArchPlan Inc., an architecture and urban design firm in Baltimore specializing in community revitalization, adaptive re-use, historic preservation and transportation planning since 1992. He is a Fellow of the Institute, recognized for using his profession to impact communities through advocacy, increasingly through writing and as a radio talk show contributor. Klaus is engaged in the nonprofit sector, such as the 1000 Friends of Maryland, a well-respected statewide growth management group which he helped found in 1994; as well as NeighborSpace, an urban land trust for which he is president; and D center, a non-profit design center in Baltimore he co-founded. He chaired the Urban Design Committee of AIA Baltimore for 20 years, and currently chairs the AIA national Regional and Urban Design Committee.


Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
Paola is the CEO and Principal of Marshall Moya Design. She manages the firm’s executive responsibilities and is actively involved in the design, development, and successful completion of each of the firm’s projects. Moya was a named 2015 "40 Under 40" honoree by the Washington Business Journal. She is also a 2015 “Brava” award recipient by Smart CEO Magazine.  In 2014 she was named a “Minority Business Leader” of the year by the Washington Business Journal,  in 2013 a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the 2013 “Rising Star” by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and one of MEA Magazine's “25 Influential Women in Business.” 


Larry Barr, AIA
Larry is a second generation leader at Quinn Evans Architects. He was named the President and CEO in 2011. Under his leadership, the staff has grown by 65% and revenues have doubled. Among his responsibilities is the administration of the firm’s transition plan which was started nearly 25 years ago. The plan was put in place when the firm’s founders were in their early 40s. He has a keen interest in career development and diversity and sees the opportunity of firm ownership as a cornerstone for professional growth.

WorkshoP: Design & Business Leadership

Leah Ijjas, AIA, LEED AP
Leah is a practicing Architect at Gensler focusing on Retail and Mixed use developments and the design of public, social spaces. Leah is actively involved in the AIA, a recent alumni of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, and is the incoming chair for the ADA|DC emerging architects committee. She earned her Bachelor of Design from University of Florida followed by a Masters in Architecture from the University of Maryland, where she acted as project architect and communications director for the 2011 award-winning Solar Decathlon project – WaterShed. Leah has been published in a number of literary journals including Fine Home Building Magazine, presented at the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference, and been the recipient of multiple AIA design awards for both professional and personal project work. 

Leah will be joined by: Ryan McEnroe, Shannon Kraus, Ashley Clark, Klause Philipsen and Paola Moya.


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