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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 >

CREATING IMPACT AS A CITIZEN ARCHITECT

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:

AIALI16 KEYNOTE ANNOUNCED

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.

CITIZEN ARCHITECTS / CIVIC ENGAEMENT

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

WASHINGTON, DC TO SERVE AS HUB

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.

Lean more about our Regional Venues in upcoming announcements! Follow us online for more updates on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn using #AIALi16!

AIACCL INTRODUCES AIALI16 CO-CHAIRS

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. 

AIALI15 PROGRAM RECAP

Korey D. White, Assoc. AIA AIA Leadership Institute Project Coordinator, Path21 Architecture

Korey D. White, Assoc. AIA
AIA Leadership Institute
Project Coordinator, Path21 Architecture

Photos from the National Broadcast:

Over a month ago, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership hosted a revamped version of the decade old Leadership Institute. This was a significant event, not only for the importance of leadership training but for the team of people that pulled off the inaugural nationwide program.

Using Adobe Connect, AIA Leaders around the nation were able to connect with an outstanding group of speakers hosted in Washington, D.C. I attended the AIA Leadership Institute in Phoenix, AZ where we broadcasted into DC and had a few presentations from local leaders. I questioned the ability as an attendee to be engaged through a screen but realized that with a group of people who were participating in the same manner, we were totally engaged through a shared discussion in Phoenix.

Over the past few months I have also been volunteering on the Planning Committee for the Leadership Institute. The planning for this event has been years in the making. Needless to say, I had my questions and concerns about another conference on leadership but as in most situations, instead of standing idly by and questioning, I dived in head first and started to help out with the planning and organization of this extensive one-day conference. My assignment was assisting the content team, made up of a diverse group of architects and aspiring architects from around the country tasked to collaborate on what the idea of a great speaker means. Who are experts in leadership? What types of leaders are our members interested in hearing? How are the speakers for this event different than those from other events? We compiled a large list of great speakers and sorted them into the categories we sought to have presented at the conference.

If you participated, you know that the speakers were exceptional. They touched on topics that get to the very core of why architects aspire to be leaders. The speakers encouraged the attendees to get involved at whatever level they could to become better leaders in their communities and in the profession. Because of the multiple time zones participating in the program, we had to arrange the DC speakers to speak at a time that was convenient for all of the country to tune in. For Phoenix, this meant we started our day with the DC speakers and ended with our local speakers. Coincidentally or intentionally, the national speakers honed in on how to become a national leader, while the local leaders spoke specifically to leadership in a contextual and regional sense.

As a committee member and an attendee, this conference was about more than just hearing from speakers. This was about engaging with leadership and how to become more effective leaders. It spoke to what the AIA does best, and that is it created a community for leaders interested in civic engagement. Ultimately, when we become better leaders in our communities, we become a stronger leaders in our firms and the profession. This was pivotal in the success of the event. It showed me that there is a network of people out there that are already leaders in the industry but are interested in becoming leaders of their communities, cities and country.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AIALI15 WASHINGTON, DC

WASHINGTON, DC SPEAKERS

Joseph E. Hines, PhD

Joseph E. Hines, PhD

Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP

Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP

Kathryn Slattery

Kathryn Slattery

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Raymond Kogan, AIA

Raymond Kogan, AIA

Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Joseph E. Hines, PhD
Dr. Hines is the President and CEO of Success Business Inc. (SBI), a Human Capital Consulting firm engaged in organizational development, training and coaching.  A retired Navy Officer and leadership expert with over 20 years of experience in leading and guiding men and women in the military, public and private sector, non profit and faith based organizations, he is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, Executive Coach and faculty member with the University of Phoenix. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dr. Hines received a Masters of Science in Business from the Naval Post Graduate School and holds a doctorate in Business Administration from California Pacific University. He is a Graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program and has a passion and gift for coaching leaders and managers. He has been certified by the International Coaching Federation at the Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) level. Dr Hines is also a Master Certified Kouzes and Posner Leadership Challenge Facilitator. Additionally, his doctorial concentration is in leadership and the dissertation included the Leadership Challenge Model.

AIA Leadership Research
Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP
Brian is a Principal at Kerns Group Architects in Falls Church, Virginia. As a visionary leader he has an uncanny ability to keep his eyes on both the big picture and the details required to achieve it. He believes in the future of architects and architecture, serving as Virginia AIA President in 2008, and leading an Honors Academy for young architects. Brian now serves as the 2015 Chair for the AIA Small Firm Round Table (SFRT), a group focused on advancing the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. In a research effort led by the SFRT, they have discovered and organizing data for the many different and unique leadership programs across the AIA, and will present their findings to us in Washington, DC.

AIA | DC Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program
Beginning in 2013, the AIA | DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. The year-long program consists of nine individual half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm support will be considered. The curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management, working together and collaboration, the art of negotiation, client development, community leadership, industry trends, and developing your future within the practice. Alumni from the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program will be joining us at the 2015 AIA Leadership Institute in Washington, DC to share their best lessons learned from participation in the program.

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and both a licensed architect and landscape architect. He is the Co-Founder and Past-Chair for the AIA|DC Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he is an active participant within the professional community, serving on NAAB visiting teams and various committees for NCARB on a regular basis. 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. Mr. McEnroe has received a number of design awards, including an AIA|DC Un-built Honor Award for the University of Virginia Center for Innovation, and a VS-ASLA and Potomac ASLA Honor Award for the South Carlyle Master Plan. In 2014 he was awarded the AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award and in 2015 the DCCEAS Young Architect Award.

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP
Carissa is an Associate Project Architect with Perkins+Will. She has been practicing architecture for 9 years in Washington, D.C.  Her experience includes commercial interiors, law firms, residential interiors, sustainable design, with a focus on mission driven clients.  Notable projects in Washington D.C. include the Environmental Defense Fund, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Carissa was an Adjunct Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. and was the Lead Thesis Instructor for the Masters of Art in Interior Design graduate thesis course.   In addition to four years of experience in the field of design as an educator, she was a scholar in the 2015 class of AIA|DC’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.  She has been on the Washington, D.C. JDRF Real Estate Games planning committee for three years and as the 2014 marketing coordinator, branded a new look for the 25th anniversary games.

Kathryn Slattery
Kathryn is a Senior Associate with Quinn Evans Architects, and has been an indispensable team member providing design solutions for museums, educational attractions, and other interpretive facilities within cultural contexts. Working to integrate buildings with surrounding site systems and environments, she is skilled at balancing disparate project needs, coordinating complex interdisciplinary systems, and resolving details that support the project. She brings an exceptional ability to ensure a project’s design intentions are fulfilled. She accomplishes these goals through a clear, proactive, and positive management and communication style that is a key contributor to project success.

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT
Ricardo is an experienced project manager and senior project architect with a wide range of international project experience: from sensitive government workplaces, building repositionings, multi-family buildings, large hospitality venues and interior architecture. Ricardo has also managed sensitive international contracts for the Federal Government. His depth of knowledge includes sensitive document control policies and biological hazard laboratory design. His technical expertise has allowed him to lead BIM implementation, training and supported design standards development. He is a scholar of the inaugural class of AIA|DC’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Ricardo was appointed to the CKLDP Advisory Committee as the Graphics Advisor. He was also appointed 2015 Chair of AIA|DC’s Emerging Architect’s committee.

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Seth Wilschutz is a licensed architect, a LEED accredited professional, and a project manager/architect with Hartman-Cox Architects. While at Hartman-Cox, his work has primarily focused on sensitive rehabilitations, renovations, and additions to cultural and civic structures within Washington, DC. Notable local projects include the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Seth is a member of AIA and NCARB and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Cincinnati. In his spare time, he volunteers extensively, teaches computer skills to adults to improve job placement, and guides tourists and locals in walking tours of the National Mall memorials, Georgetown waterfront, and Penn Quarter.

Raymond Kogan, AIA
Ray Kogan is the president of Kogan & Company, specializing in strategy and management consulting for design and construction firms. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the practice, marketing, and management of architecture, engineering, and construction services. He co-authored the book, Strategic Planning for Design Firms, published by Kaplan AEC. Ray and Cara Bobchek have also co-authored the section on strategic planning in the new edition of theArchitect’s Handbook of Professional Practice published jointly by the AIA and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He has presented numerous seminars on strategic planning, management, and leadership development, and industry trends at national and regional conferences in many cities across the country as well as online.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AIALI15 PHOENIX

PHOENIX SPEAKERS

Marlene Imirzian, FAIA
Marlene Imirzian, FAIA is the principal of Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. Marlene formed the firm in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995 and shortly thereafter opened a second office in Escondido, CA. Her work includes projects for higher education, civic, medical, historic preservation, commercial and residential clients. The firm is known for its design excellence, project performance, and integration of sustainable design practices for building. In addition to practicing architecture, Marlene has been a faculty associate at The Design School, Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts architecture program. In 2014 Marlene Imirzian & Associates was named one of the top 50 Architecture firms in the U.S. by the leading professional design journal, Architect Magazine.

Melissa Farling, FAIA
Melissa is managing principal of the HDR Phoenix office. With more than 20 years’ experience, Farling is well known for quantifying the behavioral and physiological impacts of architecture and applying those findings to environments, ranging from correctional facilities to commercial projects. Farling has co-chaired the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ)Research Committee since 2006, served as one of the principal investigators on the first neuroscience-architecture research conducted in a jail setting in 2008 and assisted with the AAJ Sustainability Committee to create “Green Guide to Justice” in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and completed both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Arizona. She most recently served as research/project director for Jones Studio in Phoenix.

Robert Miller, AIA
Robert is a Professor and the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona. Holding a BA in Architecture from Clemson (1976) and an M.ARCH with a Certificate in Urban Design from Rice (1979), Miller worked for several firms in the south before starting his own practice in 1986. His pedagogical focus has been “hybrid learning”: merging educational content with professional practices. From urban design to design/build installations, he has developed a teaching method around service-learning. Since Miller became Director of the School, its Master of Architecture degree has been accredited; the Bachelor of Architecture degree has been ranked by the Design Futures Council in the top-20 nationally for three of the last four years; and the School has adopted the only sustainability protocol in the United States that spans all studios in a degree program. In 2014, Miller was named Educator of the Year by AIA Arizona. He is currently President of AIA-Southern Arizonaand completing his second year as Co-Chair of UA HeadsUp, the association of UA department heads.

Arlen M. Solochek, FAIA
Arlen is Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Planning and Special Projects for the Maricopa Community College District. “Maricopa”, is one of the largest community college districts in the nation, enrolling over 240,000 students each year, and is the largest provider of post secondary education in the State of Arizona. The District is composed of ten independently accreditted colleges, multiple education centers and two skills training centers located throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding urban area. Prior to Maricopa, Arlen worked as staff architect for a major Arizona public utility, in private architectural practice and at Arizona State University managing construction of major capital improvements and maintenance projects.

Dennis Bree, AIA
Currently working from the Westlake Reed Leskosky studio in Phoenix, Dennis specializes in museum and performing arts projects including renderings and presentations to assist in fundraising efforts. Dennis also has experience in metal and wood work and furniture design, with a completed piece winning a Best In Show Award.

Philip Weddle, AIA, LEED AP
Philip co-founded WEDDLE GILMORE Black Rock Studio in 1999 with partner Michael Gilmore.  Philip’s completed projects in fields of architecture and urban planning demonstrate his unique approach to discovering appropriate responses to site development across a range of ecological and urban contexts.  Committed to the public good, Philip has actively sought out project opportunities that directly benefit underserved and culturally diverse communities.  Through the projects he undertakes, Philip explores his career-long interest in the complex relationship between the urban form of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and its natural host–the Sonoran desert.

Diane Jacobs, AIA
Diane is principal and founder of Holly Street Studio. Born in NYC, raised in Puerto Rico, educated in Tucson and trained in Boston, Diane has learned the value of individual stories, and multiple points of view. Her ability to work with client groups to create program driven designs that result in places that express warmth, color, light and a respect for practicality. Her work exploits ideas brought out through allied disciplines of environmental graphics, landscape architecture and lighting design.  She founded Holly Street Studio in 1999 with the goal of bringing large firm expertise to clients while maintaining the high level of service that a small firm affords. In 2015, Diane was named one of AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate.

Jack DeBartolo, AIA
Jack is principal and design leader of debartolo architects, and graduated from The University of Arizona College of Architecture and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1996, DeBartolo joined his father, forming the studio of debartolo architects, where for 12 years they collaborated in making ‘significant’ architecture in the academic, religious and residential markets. Dedicated to ‘architectural excellence’, the studio has gained a reputation for creating potent architecture through the innovative use of common materials within the discipline of restraint and simplicity, shaping space with light and material. Today, DeBartolo passionately leads debartolo architects with energy and experience into the next realm of work. Striving for 'excellence' at every scale, the practice is focused on rigorous sensitivity and rationalism, orchestrating complex sites, programs and challenges with simplicity and order that are specific to place, site and function for a particular people and time. www.debartoloarchitects.com

Dan Clevenger, AIA, LEED AP BC+D
Dan is the AIA10 Director with the AIA Arizona board of directors, a program affiliate of the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). He is an Architect and Project Director with Westlake Reed Leskosky. An alumni of Arizona State University, Dan has continued to work as a Faculty Associate with the program over the past decade.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AIALI15 CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND SPEAKERS

Dr. Kristin Tull

Dr. Kristin Tull

James Lundquist, MA

James Lundquist, MA

Jack Bialosky Jr., AIA

Jack Bialosky Jr., AIA

Michael N. Schuster, FAIA, LEED AP

Michael N. Schuster, FAIA, LEED AP

Jud Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Jud Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Dr. Fred Collopy

Dr. Fred Collopy

Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA

Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA

Ohio State Senator Christopher Widener, FAIA

Ohio State Senator Christopher Widener, FAIA

Robert P. Madison, FAIA

Robert P. Madison, FAIA

Eric O. Pempus, AIA, LEED GA

Eric O. Pempus, AIA, LEED GA

Hannah M. Pempus

Hannah M. Pempus

Exploring Core Values and Leadership Behaviors Necessary for Success
Who we are as leaders is defined by how we see ourselves, how others experience us, and what we value.  In this interactive session, participants will learn about different elements of leadership and do some introspection around their actual verses ideal self. By evaluating the current state and identifying gaps, individuals can develop action plans to be more effective leaders.  We will also explore personal core values as our values impact our thoughts, actions, and decisions.  Participants will leave with insight into strengths and developmental needs and will also have some work done toward identifying and defining core values. About the speakers:

Dr. Kristin Tull
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Tull has ascended to the Presidency ofPRADCO. In addition to her account management and business development acumen, she has been an industry leader in the creation and validation of the assessment instruments that constitute the backbone of PRADCO’s evaluation strategy today. While building and developing her own team of management consultants, she has worked extensively with high-level executives in some of PRADCO’s largest clients. She also led PRADCO in establishing a research-based coaching program to develop female leaders. Dr. Tull earned her B.A. in
Psychology at Denison University, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University, and her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Ohio.

James Lundquist, MA
An important contributor to PRADCO’s coaching team, James Lundquist works extensively with some of the company’s largest clients to help high-potential leaders develop their skills and realize their ambitions. He has collaborated with clients to develop and deliver performance appraisal systems and established company and job-specific models to aid in identifying the behaviors necessary to perform a job successfully. James was also a key contributor in developing a research-based coaching program specifically for project managers. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Southwestern University and his M.A. in Psychology from Sam Houston State University.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader
Raising a leader is not the job of one, but of many.  This session explores firm leadership in a new light, presenting the road to leadership as one of shared by the company.  Harvesting leadership, from internship to partnership, requires dedication from both the firm and the individual, and an alignment of their values.  Succession planning is unpacked from the perspective of both Firm Owner and Emerging Professional, illustrating its deep impact on growth, culture, and legacy. About the speakers:

Jack Bialosky Jr., AIA
Jack Bialosky Jr. leads one of the Midwest’s most successful and collaborative architecture firms, Bialosky + Partners Architects. From his Cleveland office he designs and manages his firm’s most significant projects. The son of one of Cleveland’s first modern architects, in the late 80’s Jack Bialosky, Jr. assumed leadership of a firm widely known for its modern residential and religious projects. After years of experience at Kallman McKinnell & Wood Architects, Jack returned to Cleveland to initiate a 20+ years of stewardship of his father’s small local firm, Bialosky + Partners Architects. The firm is known for the quality of its designs, the diversity of its clients, the longevity of its staff, and the range of its portfolio of work.

Michael N. Schuster, FAIA, LEED AP
Michael is founder and principal of MSA Architects, a regional design firm offering award-winning services in architecture, interior design, planning, and environmental graphics. He is a recognized leader in the architecture community through his involvement with The University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Xavier University, Government Square/Metro, The Cincinnati Reds, The Houston Astros, US Bank Arena, The City of Blue Ash, Summit Park, Port Columbus Airport, CVG, Great Oaks Career Development Campuses and Northern Kentucky University among many others. Michael is the past president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the AIA, as well as the past State of Ohio AIA President. He was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009 with a focus on design. He is an Accredited LEED Professional. Under his leadership, MSA has received over 80 local, state and regional design awards.

The Tools of Leadership: Perspectives for Varied Applications
A premiere panel of leaders discuss the nurturing of leadership tools and characteristic that we already possess. About the speakers:

Panel Moderator, Jud Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Jud is an active team member of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership, supporting the overall planning team of the AIA Leadership Institute, and the redevelopment of the resource Living Your Life As A Leader. After retiring as Sr. Director and Partner of Herschman Architects, Inc., a retail and shopping center, design firm, where practiced from 1976 to 2013., Just established CIVITAD Services, LLC, a consultancy supporting the work of Community Economic Directors. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and served as Ohio 2012 President, Cleveland 2001 President, AIA 150 Cleveland Champion and the AIA’s National Diversity Council (DivCo) and Chairs the AIA’s TEACH Schools community.

Panelists, Dr. Fred Collopy
Dr. Fred Collopy is the Vice Dean & Professor of Design and Information at the Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Fred Collopy received his PhD in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. he have done extensive research in forecasting, objective setting in organizations, time perception and visual programming. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Forecasting, Chief Executive, and Interfaces. Currently, Dr. Collopy studies the design process and use these insights to design information tools for managers, and also conducts research in the areas of design and learning to pinpoint skills needed for leadership.

Panelists, Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA
Doug is the Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. Steidl was a founding partner of Braun & Steidl Architects in Akron, Ohio, a position he held from 1983 to 2007, where he was responsible for design and business management of a 50-person firm specializing in educational, religious, recreational and hospitality projects. In 2009, he was president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). He held the position of president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2005, and also served as president of AIA Ohio in 1995 and AIA Akron in 1989. From 2008 until 2011, Doug served as Co-Director and Secretary of the Union of International Architects Professional Practice Commission.”

Panelists, Ohio State Senator Christopher Widener, FAIA
An architect and past AIA Ohio president, Chris Widener now serves as the highest ranking AIA architect in political office in the State of Ohio. A graduate of the University of Cincinati, Chris has previously served as State Representative in 1999-2000, and 2003-2008. Widener has served as the Chairman of the Energy & Public Utilities Committee in the 128th General Assembly, as well as the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee in the 129th General Assembly.

Panelists, Robert P. Madison, FAIA
Robert Madison's long career as an architect has been distinguished not only by the important buildings he has designed, but by the role he has played as a mentor and nurturer of talent and opportunities for others. Since Robert P. Madison International was founded in the mid-1950s, it has trained some 190 African-American architects and engineers, many of whom have gone on to do distinguished work. The first African-American graduate in architecture in Ohio, Madison himself embarked on the profession at a time when far fewer opportunities existed, and has successfully built his practice, having a hand in practically every major downtown Cleveland building project in the 1990s—from Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to the Louis Stokes Wing of the Cleveland Public Library.

Creating Your Personal Leadership Plan
This workshop will engage participants in an interactive format, to develop their own Personal Leadership Plan, while sharing best practices that will empower. About the speakers:

Eric O. Pempus, AIA, LEED GA
Eric is a risk manager at Oswald Companies with over 35 years of experience in architecture, law and the construction industry. He is a licensed architect in Ohio, California and North Carolina, and an attorney in Ohio.  He is responsible for managing clients with risk management, contract review services and clients’ continuing education programs. Prior to Oswald, Eric served for 20 years as General Counsel/Vice President Specifications for a large A/E/CM firm, and prior to that at SOM, Los Angeles.  He has a B.A. from Miami University, Ohio; Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati; and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles.  

Hannah M. Pempus
Hannah Pempus holds a Master of Architecture degree with a Specialization in Urban Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Oregon. While earning her bachelor of architecture degree at Miami University, Hannah focused her studies on global perspectives on sustainability and completed design studios in London, England and Florence, Italy. She was AIAS President in undergraduate school. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, working at GBJ Architecture, her passions lie in positively impacting the built environment through community engagement. Through her volunteer work with Better Block PDX and Depave she contributes to the small-scale tangible improvements of both public and private urban spaces. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AIALI15 BOSTON

BOSTON SPEAKERS

Local Moderator

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, AIA, LEED BD+C, ID+C

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, AIA, LEED BD+C, ID+C

David Saladik

David Saladik

Blake Jackson, AIA

Blake Jackson, AIA

Natasha Espada, AIA

Natasha Espada, AIA

Mia Scharphie

Mia Scharphie

Racquel Davey, AIA, LEED AP

Racquel Davey, AIA, LEED AP

Jonathan Garland

Jonathan Garland

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, AIA, LEED BD+C, ID+C
Emily is an associate at Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. and served as the 2014 President at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. She has shown exceptional leadership in her commitment to sustainable design and construction projects at C7A, a multidisciplinary firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has recently been involved in a number of museum, aquarium, and academic projects. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University, Emily was the recipient of the 2008 AIA Young Architects Award, and she is actively involved in the architecture industry at large, serving on several committees with the AIA and BSA. She is currently serving as chair of the AIA Continuing Education Committee and was selected for the 2014 "40 Under 40" Award by the Boston Business Journal.

Life as a Young Leader in Architecture

David Saladik
In 2008, David was a founding member of MASS and worked extensively on the design of the Butaro Hospital. As a director at MASS, David oversees projects such as the Liberia Health Infrastructure Standards and Guidelines for the Ministry of Health, and the Kayanja Center at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. Prior to MASS, David worked for Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin and Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. David received his Bachelors of Arts from Boston University and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Blake Jackson, AIA
Blake Jackson is a licensed architect, Associate and is the Sustainability Practice Leader with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge, MA. He has over twelve years of experience in retail, hospitality, higher education, healthcare, labs, and commercial structures. Blake plays a critical role in bringing measurable environmental stewardship to TK&A's projects and office management. He earned his B-Arch from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA and his M-Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, UK. He has been an active BSA member since 2010, including serving as the current co-chair COTE - Committee on the Environment, and is a prolific writer and presenter (chair of the steering committee for the New England Healthy Materials Summit). He has been an adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College since 2013.

Natasha Espada, AIA
Natasha is the Founding Principal of STUDIO ENÉE architects, a design firm with an expertise in architecture, interior and urban design. She has over 20 years of experience designing award-winning projects for civic, cultural, institutional, and commercial clients. Natasha has been very involved with the BSA for many years and has served on the Nominating Committee and as the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. She is also a member of the Women’s Principal Group and in November 2013 she curated the WID exhibit: Urban Interventions at the BSA Space. Natasha sits on her town’s permanent public building committee and is currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University's School of Architecture.

Gender and Race in the Workplace

Mia Scharphie
Mia is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher and community advocate who works at the intersection of design, entrepreneurship and issues of social equity. Passionate about the potential of design to catalyze social change, in 2012 Mia cofounded Proactive Practices, a National Endowment of the Arts-funded research collaborative that identifies and publicizes emerging business models of socially entrepreneurial design. Mia recently served as the Northeastern University Architecture Department’s first fellow, investigating emerging models of innovative design practice, and she is the founder of Build Yourself+, a "bootcamp" workshop that teaches action-based empowerment skills to women in design. She received her master in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her undergraduate degree cum laude in Urban Studies from Brown University.

Racquel Davey, AIA, LEED AP
Racquel is an architect at ICON architecture. She is a designer that values both interior environments and technical coordination, and focuses on institutional projects within existing buildings that explore creative, yet sustainable and historically sensitive design solutions. Davey is an advocate for collaborative design strategies that encompass space planning, furniture systems and technology, and is interested in new trends that can be pragmatically applied within academia. She recently spearheaded the reactivation of the National Organization of Minority Architects for the Boston chapter and mentors minority grade level students interested in pursuing a career in design. Davey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Tufts University and Master of Architecture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jonathan Garland
Jonathan is an accomplished designer and Senior Associate at Arrowstreet.  In his practice, Jonathan has worked on a broad range of building types from large scale mixed-use urban developments to nationally recognized institutional, cultural and civic projects. Jonathan is currently the lead designer on several inner-city charter schools, including the KIPP Academy Boston Charter School in Mattapan (under construction) and the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Roxbury. Jonathan works to strengthen the level of diversity within the Boston architectural community and advocates for social justice through design. He is the current co-chair of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Jonathan earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College, where he has also taught design studios and led national competitions. 

Unconventional Paths to Design Leadership

Liliane Wong
Liliane is a professor and head of the Department of Interior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught since 1998, with an emphasis on design for the homeless and modular housing. Her studio “Elements in Transitional Space” in partnership with Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England, is an annual opportunity for social activism through design. She is a co-founder of the Int|AR Journal, an academic publication on design interventions and adaptive reuse. A registered architect in Massachusetts, she has practiced through her own firm, Mahon Wong Associates, as well as with the Boston firms of Perry Dean Rogers and FHCM.

James Kostaras, AIA, AICP
James is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Urban Development. During his 25-year career in the public and private sector, James Kostaras has created and implemented successful urban design and development strategies that have led to the revitalization of urban districts challenged by economic disinvestment. He brings significant experience working in local government, serving a project director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority from 1985 to 2002 and as the Executive Director of the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development from 2004 to 2007, launching major economic development.

CALLING ALL LEADERS: LET'S GROW TOGETHER

Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA   AIA Leadership Institute   Sr. Associate, AtSite, Inc.

Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA
AIA Leadership Institute
Sr. Associate, AtSite, Inc.

As professionals largely responsible for the design of the built environment, I believe architects hold a responsibility to be engaged in the communities they live, work, and design in. As those  typically assigned to lead teams of other designers and engineers in the design process, it seems a natural fit for architects to take on positions of leadership in other venues. I am not so optimistic as to think all architects are natural leaders. However, I do think that many of the qualities that attract certain people to become architects (the desire to create things for people, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public) are also qualities that can make great leaders.

Leadership by definition cannot grow in a vacuum. It is not enough for a person to call themself a leader just because they have a vision for the future that they want others to follow. Leadership requires the ability to listen and to understand what others need. It is not effective to have a vision if no one else understands it or believes in it, thus leadership often requires the ability to leave one’s motives at the door and build a consensus.

Community and civic leadership are especially important for architects who have been frequently accused of naval gazing. As a profession, we frequently come together to discuss how the public perceives (or doesn't perceive) the value of the architect. If we each dedicated that time instead to working with non-architects on issues that impact all members in our communities, the conversation of relevancy would probably resolve itself.

For all of these reasons, events like the AIA Leadership Institute are important. This is not an event for architects to come together and discuss problems in the profession. This is a day for all who desire to use their professional skills to make a broader impact in their communities, jobs, and the greater building industry, to share with each other ways to become more effective.

Leadership is so many things, but the most effective leaders are those who never believe they have learned all they need to know. It is important for those who identify as leaders or who would like to be leaders to learn from each other's experiences. Whether you are just beginning your leadership journey, or you are a seasoned leader, let's grow together at #AIALI15.

WHY LEADERSHIP, WHY NOW?

Je'Nen M. Chastain, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA  AIA Leadership Institute, Chair AIA Center for Civic Leadership, Vice Chair

Je'Nen M. Chastain, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
AIA Leadership Institute, Chair
AIA Center for Civic Leadership, Vice Chair

The intersection of leadership and architecture is a big inspiration to me. And why not? Leadership and architecture naturally go hand in hand. From drawing a set of design documents, ensuring that a permit set is approved, setting a vision in place for a community, creating a practice, mentoring staff, negotiating with a client or contractor, joining a local community organization, advancing policies that shape our built environment, and bringing in new work – leadership is represented in almost every aspect of how we practice. 

My personal journey through this industry has included the unique opportunity to study leadership by observing and working in collaboration with some of our industry’s top tier talent. From my work with the AIA, ACSA, NAAB, NCARB, affiliate organizations like Architecture for Humanity, and award-winning design firms, I have experienced the many different approaches architects bring to the role of leader. Embedded in the development required to learn our trade, leadership is a significant aspect of practice that requires investment of focus and time. Demonstrated through the efforts of our Leadership Institute planning team who have interviewed and collected leadership stories from many individuals in our field, we have found that a leader emerges to find and share their true talents only after self-reflection and a willingness to learn and grow.

Architecture is caught in a moment of defining history. Not only are we rapidly transforming the way we practice to keep pace with changes in technology as a workforce, but we are also experiencing booming economic demand. The rules have changed, and the evolving role of the architect requires leadership more than ever. As trends continue to shift, we must be nimble and keep ahead of change. A well-known example includes client engagement, and the increasing pattern for expedited schedules, and complete on time, on budget, no exceptions buildings. At a larger scale, we see our cities growing and transforming through innovative new ideas that require visionary talent and discipline to shape. Without strong leaders at the helm to lead (not just manage) our firms, we miss business opportunities, struggle with project management, and lose employee engagement. Without architects serving as leaders and invested voices in our communities, we fumble in the public eye, and miss opportunities to lead positive and lasting policies that shape these new streetscapes, housing projects, and civic buildings.

Let's face the facts: 1. More architects and designers are needed to step into roles of leadership within our firms and communities.
2. Those who are already in leadership positions need to continue to develop their leadership skills so they can continue to mature in their role as leaders. 

As a group of national volunteers and diverse leaders from across the country, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) believes so passionately in the advancement of leadership education as a key step toward the long-term viability of the industry, that the 2015 AIA Leadership Institute program is has been strategically designed as an accessible and open program for individuals at any point on their leadership journey. During this one day national event on Friday, October 23, 2015, we will make waves across time zones by bringing leaders together from across the AIA. Gathering as leaders in five home town communities, participants will engage directly in local training and meaningful conversations. This interactive model will empower our participants to think locally, while sharing ideas nationally. We will connect diverse leaders to collaborate while learning together, and discuss how we can have a greater impact on our firms, clients, and communities through our actions.

Learn more about our program by visiting our site. Register today, and join the discussion online @AIALeaders #AIALI15 #CitizenArchitect!

AIALI15 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Helene serves as Executive Director of The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design and the Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia. In 2014 she served as National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as well as AIA Secretary (2011-12) and National Vice President (2000). Helene has been named the 2015 Honorary Chair for the AIA Leadership Institute program, as she has been a key advocate for the program’s success.

Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Phil Freelon is the founder and President of The Freelon Group, Inc. In 2014, Freelon joined forces with global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. He leads both Perkins+Will North Carolina offices. Phil has led multi-faceted design teams on museum projects across the United States. Phil has been a leader for the vision and creation of his firm, the design and development of award-winning projects, and has dedicated his career to giving back to the profession.

F. Michael Ayles, AIA, NCARB

Michael Ayles is Principal of Business Development at Antinozzi Associates in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Michael has served as a local, regional and national leader. He also serves as his state’s Architect Licensing Advisor, as a board member for the ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut, and as an elected official on his town’s Board of Finance.  He is a contributing author to the AIA resource Living Your Life As A Leader, created in 2010 and updated in 2015 for the Leadership Institute. 

Mickey Jacob, FAIA

Mickey Jacob, FAIA, is Exec. Vice President of BDG Architects, and has been practicing architecture in Tampa, Florida for 32 years. He served as the National President (2013), National Vice President (2009-11), Florida/Caribbean Regional Director (2007-09), and AIA Florida (2004-05). Mickey has been active in government advocacy, bringing awareness of the importance of political engagement, and is a vocal advocate to position AIA members to attain leadership positions.

Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Jess Zimbabwe serves as Director of Urban Development at the National League of Cities and founding Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of NLC and the Urban Land Institute. Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and served as the Community Design Director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area.