Going to A'17 in Orlando? Be sure to sign up for Creating Impact as a Citizen Architect pre-convention workshop on Wednesday 4/26/17. Together we'll explore leadership, civic engagement, and hear from architects creating change in cities across the US. Here is the full program description:

Early bird rates end 9/19!

Early bird rates end Monday! 
The premiere one-day leadership training for architects is just around the corner. Take advantage of early bird savings and join us for Leadership Institute 2016. It’s your opportunity to develop key leadership skills and network with peers and industry leaders. 

Sponsor a leader on the rise from your firm to attend before prices go up!

4 Reasons to attend:
- You'll learn best practices in leadership, design, and practice.
- You'll join a network of local and industry leaders who are changing the leadership dialogue.
- You'll hear a dynamic keynote by Latent Design's Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, LEED BD+C.
- You'll earn up to 7 LUs for attending.

Hosted in Washington, DC, this event will also be broadcast live to four regional venues. Or attend virtually from any location. 

Register by September 19 for early bird savings!

Brought to you by the AIA Center for Civic Leadership and sponsored by the AIA College of Fellows and Strogoff Consulting.


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. 

Registration is LIVE! Early bird closes 9/19!

AIALI16 Facilitators Announced

The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is proud to announce Michael Strogoff, FAIA and Stephen Epstein of Strogoff Consulting as Plenary Workshop Facilitators for the AIA Leadership Institute 2016. Michael and Stephen will join Co-Chairs Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA and Jamie Crawley, AIA as they lead the five Regional Venues in this unique workshop presentation. Together the five locations: Dallas, Charleston, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, DC will collaborate while taking a deep dive into the workbook, "Living Your Life as a Leader". 

Michael Strogoff, FAIA is the managing principal of an architecture firm, a frequent speaker on practice management issues, Advisory Group Chair of AIA's Practice Management Knowledge Community, and advisor to design professionals nationwide. Stephen Epstein’s career spans 25 years with small, medium, and large firms providing strategic leadership; serving as mentor and coach to senior, intermediate, and emerging professionals; and providing training seminars related to attracting and retaining talent, leadership, financial accountability, project management, and risk management.

Read their full bios by visiting our speaker page.


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.


The Young Architects Forum invited the AIA Center for Civic Leadership to participate in their April release of YAF Connection, an issue focused on exploring architects who are in or are pursuing public office through election or appointment. As many of our committee leaders have dedicated their careers to this specific path of public service, over 10 AIA CCL team members contributed their ideas to this issue, as well as past speakers and allied partners who were involved in shaping the 2015 AIA Leadership Institute. Be sure to check out the following articles, which can be read online at 14.02 YAF Connection:

  • Leadership Junkies
  • The Importance of Architects as Public Sector Leaders
  • Evolving the NDSA
  • Answering Detroit's Call of Duty
  • Citizen Architects
  • Architects as Catalysts for Civic Initiative
  • A Young Architect's Guide to Convention
  • Becoming a Chief Urban Designer
  • Senator Chris Widener, FAIA on State Leadership
  • An Architect Ventures into Politics
  • The Architect of the Capitol


2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair
Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair Jamie Crawley, AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair
Jamie Crawley, AIA

The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA and Jamie Crawley, AIA as Co-Chairs for the 2016 AIA Leadership Institute. This will be the second installment of this program, with an event date to be finalized. The Inaugural Leadership Institute program occurred October 23, 2015 bringing together nearly 300 architecture and related professionals from across the country.

Conceived as a complex multi-venue conference, the program tied local presentations in Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio and Phoenix with National Speakers at the Institute’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, including live communication between the Regional Venues during a National Q/A, as well as ongoing discussion via @AIALeaders and #aiali15 on social media. The 2015 Leadership Institute was developed in partnership with the Young Architects Forum, the Small Firms Roundtable, the National Associates Committee and Sponsored by the AIA College of Fellows.

Please wish the Co-Chairs well as they develop the 2016 program with their planning team and follow on Facebook via AIA Center for Civic Leadership and on Twitter @AIALeaders for updates and engage the discussion.


About the (#AIALI16) Co-Chairs

Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA, lives and works in Washington, DC, and is a native Nebraska Cornhusker. She currently uses her architecture experience and education from the University of Nebraska to advise building owners on space utilization and energy consumption using data analytics at AtSite, Inc. Michelle’s involvement in the collateral architecture organizations began with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) where she was the Midwest Quad Director in 2010 – 2011. She was a member of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership in 2012, was on the National Architecture Accrediting Board in 2012–2014, and was the 2015 Leadership Institute Content Coordinator at the National Hub in Washington, DC. Michelle is involved in her local Tenant Association, having recently completed a term as President. She is a member of two book clubs, enjoys walking through the neighborhoods of the nation’s capital, and has been known to design and build her own furniture.

Jamie Crawley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB  is a naturalized Texan originally from Montreal now residing in Austin. He leads HA Architecture, an emerging design studio, started in 2010 serving civic, commercial, residential and non-profit sectors. The Texas Society of Architects and AIA Dallas both have recognized him in the past as Associate Member of the Year and was a 2015 10 Under 10 Texas Architect Forum Design Honoree organized by AIA Dallas. Most recently, he served as the 2014-15 AIA National Young Architects Forum Regional Director representing Texas and as the San Antonio Venue Coordinator for the 2015 Leadership Institute. Currently a Board Member of the Austin Aztex Soccer Charity Foundation and Formerly a Visiting Assistant Architecture Professor, he remains an active advocate for youth development and for Architecture Emerging Professionals often lecturing on sustainability, design, social media and education. In his spare time he enjoys a good #coffeesketch, photography and for the past several years coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

About the AIA Center for Civic Leadership

The mission of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is to advance leadership among architects to ensure livable, healthy, sustainable, and quality-designed environments for future generations. The CCL led by 2016 Chair Je’Nen Chastain, seeks to accomplish this mission by becoming the major outreach resource for architectural leadership development, education, and training programs; working to advance the ideals of the Citizen Architects by promoting civic engagement outreach with AIA members serving in volunteer, elected, appointed, or hired leadership; and highlighting the importance of leadership training and the creation of local programs that empower architects to expand their influence on the communities in which the live, work, and play.