program goals

  • To share best practices on topics of leadership, design and practice;
  • To build a community of people, knowledge and content that will advance leadership development;
  • To provide relevant content for all AIA members, at any career stage in their professional journey;
  • To create a national discussion on leadership that connects the many diverse groups within the Institute


  • Fundamentals of Leadership: 
    Participants will explore the skills and abilities needed for success in the practice architecture at any career stage in an individual’s professional journey, and will understand which skills and abilities are unique to particular models of leadership.
  • Professional & Industry Leadership: 
    Participants will learn about leadership opportunities within the AIA and affiliated professional organizations which will allow them to promote the profession, advocate for architects, and take away knowledge which will advance leadership development within the  industry.


  • Community Leadership:
    Participants will learn about effectively speaking and sharing ideas to different audiences beyond architects through civic engagement and government service, philanthropy, pro bono, and public policy, in order to demonstrate competencies to new markets.
  • Design & Business Leadership:
    Participants will learn leadership theories related to people, team and firm settings in order to promote personal and organizational leadership effectiveness within design practice settings.

venue locations

Conference attendees have the option to register at one of the regional venues across the United States. These local venues will host both the National Broadcast from Washington, DC, as well as local programming from their region, featuring workshops and speakers. For those not located near one of the venues, online viewer registration for the live plenary broadcast is available.

Regional venue locations will be announced in the coming months - stay tuned!


We believe leadership education should be accessible for all architects and emerging professionals. Therefore this new model from the AIA is both technology and member driven, with the core idea of bringing many together to participate in a shared learning experience. While leadership training is not new, the delivery of the content is, and will provide participants an unprecedented chance to connect across time zones through our multi-venue, digital format.

Day of content will include an engaging mix of presentations and discussions, to support a shared dialogue on leadership hosted through our digital platform Adobe Connect. Virtual Attendees can find more information on participating in this digital platform by visiting our technology page.



Those attending a Regional Venue can participate in live Q&A discussion, moderated through their venues planning teams. This includes breakout sessions with local groups and discussion with the National Plenary Speakers. Participants are also encouraged to tune into the digital dialogue on social media using our Facebook page Center for Civic Leadership or via Twitter @AIALeaders. To access the event dialogue, use #AIALI16 or #CitizenArchitect.


NATIONAL Plenary summary

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Participants of the program will participate in a National Plenary, broadcast across time zones. Individuals can register to participate in a Regional Venue (listed above on the map), or they can choose to watch live from home or work as a Virtual Attendee on their computers through a web connection. Participants can join in from any time zone. The schedule for broadcasts will be posted leading up to AIALi16.


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