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It’s time again to register for the AIA Leadership Institute ‘18! In its fourth year, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is hosting this premier leadership training opportunity designed to connect diverse leaders and emerging professionals in a national discussion. Register at our national location - Washington D.C. or one of our regional venues; Nashville, Orlando or San Francisco. If you can’t make it to one of our regional venues, you can participate remotely as a Virtual Attendee, either by yourself or with a group (up to 10 people).


  • Produce a leadership development culture

  • Prepare veteran and next generation leaders

  • Promote leadership in community engagement

  • Proliferate equity, diversity, and inclusion through leadership

If you have attended before, you know you won’t want to miss this dynamic event! If you haven’t attended, hear from some of our past participants on why this event is critical to attend:

“Within our field, leadership permeates all levels. We continually work in diverse teams to coordinate/design and understanding how to lead even at the lowest levels is imperative to personal and project success. Events like the Leadership Institute provide a platform to both teach and learn from others’ experiences which become invaluable in strengthening leaders at all levels. As an emerging professional, I got involved with the Leadership Institute to help continue to develop programming which provides tools to not only help lead from the top but empowers future leaders to challenge and advocate in their current positions." - Marisa Nemcik, 2018 AIA LI Committee Member

“The Leadership Institute is a movement.  Its priority is to inspire and promote the emerging class of young professionals to step up to the plate and pursue leadership roles.  To become leaders of their practice, in the profession, and within their communities. The programming and speakers every year have you leaving invigorated and brainstorming of where you can push your career next.  The Leadership Institute is important to me because it equips professionals to build the profession they envision.” – James Yankopoulos, Past attendee and 2018 Committee Member

“Being involved with the Leadership Institute has helped me learn how to become a stronger leader and how to get involved at a local, state and national level. After attending the 2016 Leadership Institute in Indianapolis, I was able to help put my newly refined skills to use to serve as a regional associate at the national level. The Leadership Institute gives emerging professionals the tools and resources to help them become advocates within the profession and to their community.” – Ashley Thornberry, 2018 Committee Member

Get ready to get inspired, blur boundaries, and find out what’s at stake for the profession.

Register before September 14 to get the early bird prices!


Call for proposals: Leadership Institute 2018

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Speak at Leadership Institute 2018!

Help shape tomorrow's leaders at Leadership Institute 2018. This powerful one-day training event equips architects and emerging professionals with essential skills to lead in their firms, communities, and the architecture industry. If you're a subject matter expert with a great concept for an education session, we invite you to submit your proposal by March 5.

Volunteer or host
Every year this dynamic event is hosted in multiple cities and across four time zones.

  • AIA chapters: Apply to be a regional venue and host this event for your chapter. Find out more > 
  • Volunteers: Help us run the event, or volunteer with the Center for Civic Leadership, an AIA member group, and you'll be engaged in a national effort to connect the many diverse groups within the AIA advancing opportunities for members to lead...Find out more >