Images from the 2015 AIA Leadership Institute in Boston; Cleveland; Phoenix; San Antonio; and Washington, DC

program overview

Leadership Institute 2017 is a one-day leadership training event for architects. Join local and industry leaders on November 16 for an essential training experience that includes:

  • learning leadership best practices and how to apply them in professional, industry, community, communication, and design leadership
  • connecting to a network of local and industry leaders who are changing the leadership dialogue
  • accessing relevant content for your career and professional journey
  • a free copy of Living Your Life as a Leader, a reference guide and workbook that will support your personal leadership development during and after the event


We believe leadership education should be accessible for all architects and emerging professionals. Therefore this new hybrid-educational model is both technology and member driven, with the core idea of bringing many together to participate in a community of learning. Leveraging the power of technology, our program provides a new educational model allowing participants in different cities to connect and interact in a shared learning experience using Adobe Connect and social media.

A National Plenary Broadcast will be transmitted from Washington, DC, to our Regional Venues and Virtual Attendees. This programming will feature national keynote speakers, and will complement local workshops and training designed by regional hosts. More information about our 2016 Regional Venues can be found here. Content will include an engaging mix of presentations and discussions hosted through our digital platform Adobe Connect


Leadership training inspires designers to progressively advance into more complex leadership roles within firms and communities. Those attending a Regional Venue can participate in live Q&A discussion with our national speakers, moderated through their local venue planning teams to make the most out of their learning experience. 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 #AIALI17 or #CitizenArchitect.


As an exclusive offer, all 2016 AIA Leadership Institute registrants will receive a complimentary edition of AIA's newly updated leadership handbook, Living Your Life As A Leader, a reference guide and workbook to support your personal leadership development. The Center for Civic Leadership team has carefully updated this second edition to include new stories from AIA members in our Legacy of Leadership series, included throughout the workbook.


Interested in participating? Check back for full
registration details this fall!

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