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The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce our final #AIALi16 Keynote Speaker Roselinde Torres. As a recognized thought provoking expert on Leadership, she has been featured in a variety of forums including TED where her talk has been viewed in excess of 3 Million times.
“In a 21st century world, which is more global, digitally enabled, and transparent, with faster speeds of information flow and innovation, and where nothing big gets done without some kind of a complex matrix, relying on traditional development practices will stunt your growth as a leader.” - Roselinde Torres, Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in New York City.
Roselinde’s research is founded on the premise that the 21st century will be marked not just by great individual leaders, but by great leadership teams. Such teams will be led by a steward who demonstrates curiosity about trends, is empathic, has an appreciation for other points of view, and focuses on multiplicative value.
As a senior leader in the People and Organization Practice Area, Roselinde leads BCG’s CEO Advisory in North America having advised over 200 CEOs across industry sectors and markets. In 2014, she received the Woman Leaders in Consulting Award from Consulting Magazine for exceptional leadership within the firm and industry and for her expertise on the topic of Leadership.
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Wow, what a start to the summer for the city of Cleveland. First, the Cavaliers pull off the upset of the year and come from behind to capture the National Basketball Championship sparking a celebration of epic proportion. Over one million people shared the moment. Then, the Republican Convention rolled into town for another world stage appearance for the city. Now that both of these events have come and gone, what is the future for the city and how might that be impacted by the leadership of architects in the community?
While there were many projects, completed prior to the convention, many more were put on hold to not be disruptive during the city’s moment in the national limelight. With the cameras and press now gone, many of the projects held back are getting underway. Local firms are busy catching up. As a result, the work load continues to be demanding. However, the real questions are: what will the future look like, what has been learned from the experience and how can architects become the leaders needed in Northeast Ohio?
With a large number of major corporate CEO’s, foreign and national journalists in Cleveland, the city was able to show off its character to encourage a second look in future consideration for conferences, conventions and business opportunities. These two major events have been catalysts for economic and social change within the community. Architects can not only benefit from the increase in local economic activity, but also can learn the role of leadership they can have in shaping the discussion about the issues facing the community.
With a running start as a result of the attention focused on the quality and character of Greater Cleveland, the community has shaken off its former reputation as the burning river city. It is now getting many second looks for new investment. Architects need to share in this new found identity and value. The best way to accomplish this objective is by taking positions of leadership in the form of appointed and elected officials being impactful in bringing the knowledge and experience of design professionals to their community. Architects can be catalysts for civic initiatives and must prepare themselves to be the leaders communities require.
The AIA’s Center for Civic Leadership is the resource to support architects in the effort to pursue positions in community governance. By learning the lessons provided by the experience of the championship and national convention while recognizing the resources needed to make a difference and where to find them, architects can truly be the change makers needed in the community.
From July 13-15, the AIA brought together about 150 architecture students, emerging professionals, and practitioners to Washington, D.C., for the inaugural SpeakUp event, an intense 2½ day workshop and mock campaign challenge to teach legislative advocacy regarding issues related to architecture and the built environment. Ultimately, this new event was an interactive “part two” to AIA’s annual Grassroots Conference – “part one” of which was held in February in Detroit, and covered government policy and legislation topics.
When members of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) heard about SpeakUp in late 2015, we debated our participation in the event as we weren’t quite sure how there might be mutual benefit with our involvement. It was clear after I attended how beneficial this new format and initiative could be for AIA members in the future as “Citizen Architects”, a role that the CCL has promoted and encouraged since its existence. Also in attendance from the CCL were James Yankopoulos and Eric Pempus, and I imagine they would have the same reaction to the event.
It certainly helped that just prior to SpeakUp was the Knowledge Leadership Assembly, where leaders from over 20 knowledge communities and advocacy groups (including the CCL) met to share knowledge, best practices, and leverage collaboration between groups to create extraordinary resources for AIA members. With several CCL members and AIA staff liaisons in attendance, an entire morning was dedicated meeting to discuss, strategize, and plan the next six months of the CCL’s efforts … and beyond. At the conclusion of this meeting, there was a fantastic one-on-one discussion with Russ Davidson, FAIA (current AIA President) and Thomas Vonier, FAIA (2017 AIA President) – it is clear that we are all on the same page about ‘architects as leaders’.
So … back to SpeakUp. Although many attendees met with their House and Senate representatives to discuss the critical AIA issues, nearly all had the opportunity during the event to use their existing, or newly-learned, skills to work as a team of 30-35 to develop a legislative campaign for a hypothetical green-schools bill that would make schools 50% more efficient than current code. Participants were divided into four teams, each representing a different region of the country, and had to create a campaign to get their local representatives to vote in support of the new bill.
As attendees planned their team campaign periodically throughout the event, educational workshop sessions were held revolving around five key elements of a successful campaign and/or advocacy effort – 1) building a strong legislative strategy, 2) message development and communications, 3) forming allies and coalitions, 4) using elections and political action committees, and 5) organizational growth. These workshops were led by key AIA Advocacy staff, AIA local chapter leaders, state senators, public affairs and government relations executives, and legislative attorneys – no shortage of advocacy expertise!
One of the more interesting discussions occurred at a 90-minute breakfast session of roundtable and report back discussions focused on what key issues and challenges participants and their components faced regarding 1) unstaffed components, 2) getting more students involved with advocacy, 3) advocating in “blue” or “red” states, 4) policy issues, and 5) how to get more members engaged in politics when many are frustrated with the process. Needless to say, I selected to participate in that last topic and I’m happy to report that answers shared among the event attendees included more leadership training programs, mentor pairing (AIA member to legislator), and getting more AIA members to win local elections and actively seek/share their experiences. The session’s final collective answer to the phrase “By 2025, the AIA’s advocacy efforts have led to ____” was for “architects to be recognized as leaders!”
On the last morning of SpeakUp, the four teams presented their developed campaign plans for review by a jury comprised of the AIA’s chief of staff, the managing partner of a government relations firm, a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, the president of a presentation consulting firm, and the senior director of engagement for the Democracy Initiative. James Yankopoulos and I were both on the same campaign team and were selected to speak as part of our team presentation – which was quite an honor when you look at the government affair and advocacy firepower in the room. Though we did not win “best in show”, the knowledge that was gained by the 150 attendees was impressive.
For my final thoughts of SpeakUp, I must commend the AIA Advocacy staff in creating such an intense, organized, and educational event. Though I initially wondered why I attended and how I could take back what I learned locally to my chapter, I seemed to learn more about myself as a local elected official. I also realize that I have many years left as an AIA member and can hopefully use my newfound understanding of the issues behind the scenes of a legislative campaign … before I need to attend SpeakUp again and get re-trained. That said, I truly hope SpeakUp continues for many years to come – it is outstanding that 150 AIA members and staff gained this knowledge, but we need hundreds more to participate and get involved in their local communities.
And hopefully AIA Leadership Institute 2016 will be the inspiration needed to get AIA members involved in the next SpeakUp!
For years I have read also sorts of things about leadership. Some by great management gurus, the likes of Peter Drucker and Tom Peters, and some in journals like the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. While usually interesting, most seem to expound on conventional wisdom. Much of what they tell you is general in nature, and you probably already know. What’s more, very little is focused on architects.
Some years ago, I was doing research on the Myers-Briggs personality test and came across a study by Robert Gaarder that was about architects. He gave the tests to 100 architects with some fascinating results. He discovered that more than half of architects were either ENTJs (31%) or INTJs (20%) in the Myers-Briggs personality type scale. This compares to just 1.8% of ENTJs and 2.1% for INTJs in the entire population.
For those not familiar with the test, the letters stand for personality traits. ENTJ represents extraversion, intuition, thinking, and judging, and INTJ represents introversion, intuition,thinking, and judging,
Both E’s and I’s are natural born leaders. So most architects are suited for this role. However, there is a negative side to these personality types that can make an architect a bad leader rather than a good one. They sometimes have difficulties with interpersonal skills with some weaknesses in relating to other people or in confiding in them. NTJ’s are extremely logical, which leads to brutally honest communication. They become impatient with others due to a natural hatred of stupidity and inefficiency. They don’t realize that their brutal honesty can hurt people until it’s too late.
ENTJ’s are great organizers. However, they might fail to support the organization’s cause, sometimes making people question why they are following the ENTJ in the first place. Due to ENTJ’s natural assertiveness, it’s nothing for them to put ground rules in place, leaving everybody else to wonder what’s going. “There’s an arrogance about an ENTJ, often,” Gaarder observes. “It’s like, ‘Well, I know what’s best for this client’.”
INTJ’s who become leaders would rather stay in the background. Connecting with others in the workplace is not easy for them. Their preference is to work alone and don’t often try to build personal relationships. They have an independent nature that leads others to believe that they are uninterested in ideas other than their own.
So what does all this have to do with conventional wisdom? Well if we first recognize who we are, we can than open our eyes and ears to what experts tell us about what it takes to be a leader. It’s than our job to work on those traits that get in the way of our being an effective.
That may sound easy but it’s not. As a lifelong ENTJ, I have spent my entire career trying to tame my aggressive nature. It has often gotten in my way on my never ending search for success.
Too bad the Leadership Institute did not exist when I was younger. The programs that are provided are just what I needed to get to where I wanted to go. You all will be well served if you are able to attend. The agenda is focused on those of you looking to lead, in your firm, your profession, your community, and your government.
One final bit of advice on becoming a leader that the conventional wisdom gurus don’t talk about. You would be well served to find yourself a “Rabbi”. Not to be confused with the religious one, this person will mentor and give advice, but will also grease the skids for you to get good assignments and early promotions. With a sufficiently powerful rabbi, an individual can do almost anything bad and still have a good career.
The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is excited to announce Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as a keynote speaker of the AIA Leadership Institute. Katherine is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urban design firm with a commitment to community development through a strategy of define, design, deploy. The firms offers innovative design solutions to those in resource and budget limited environments by leveraging local assets to generate project opportunities. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.
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The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is excited to announce Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA as the 2016 Honorary Chair of the AIA Leadership Institute. Helene joins the core planning team for a second year to offer her guidance and support in strengthening this growing national program. Her service as the 2014 National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was instrumental in shaping the program’s initial launch. The inaugural year attracted 300 participants in five different US locations.
We started our journey in Washington, DC for the original AIA Leadership Institute in 2005, and we're back for year two of our re-imagined national program. Partnering with AIADC and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program our Hub venue will serve AIA members in DC and neighboring states along the east coast. Gathered at AIA National, one block from the White House, the DC Hub reflects a legacy of leadership from both our nation's capital and from the American Institute of Architects as a 150+ year old organization. As Citizen Architects we come together on November 18th to celebrate the work architects do as leaders across the many diverse communities we serve. Washington, DC will host our premiere keynote speakers for the program, and will offer local programming for participants.
The 2016 AIA Leadership Institute planning team has carefully vetted and considered dates for the second year of the national program. Mark your calendars for November 18th 2016.