2019-2020 Schedule


Session 0 (September 6, 2019) attendance required


  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Importance of leadership within the profession
  • “How To” set – up future courses in the coming months
  • Breakouts with scholars to develop session content for year ahead
  • Sponsorship now and in your future
  • Review of program templates


Session 1 (October 4, 2019)

Working Together

  • Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team
  • Teams, groups, and organizational problem solving
  • The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and other allied professionals


Session 2 (November 1, 2019)

Entrepreneurship and Business Management

  • Office and Firm management
  • Leadership, ownership, and transition
  • Financial and succession planning
  • Business and project management standards


Session 3 (December 6, 2018)

The Art of Negotiation

  • Ethics and law, from contracts and codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior as it pertains to the profession
  • Negotiating a contract
  • Contractual pitfalls
  • Stakeholder relationships


Session 4 (January 10, 2020)

Community Engagement

  • Community involvement the role of crowd sourced solutions in a market-based society
  • Business practice of public interest design
  • Social responsibility of architects as community leaders – (ie. becoming more involved through philanthropic work and board involvement)
  • Understanding how politics and advocacy affect the profession (ie. civic leadership)


Session 5 (February 7, 2020)

Closing the Deal

  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
  • Appropriate use of social media
  • Networking, business development, and pursuing work


Session 6 (March 6, 2020)

Trending Now

  • Sustainability efforts as they relate to the environment, economy, social ethics, and resiliency
  • The use of technology within the practice (BIM, VR, data gathering, ect.)
  • Learning by doing through the use of fabrication


Session 7 (April 3, 2020)

Expanding the Definition of Practice

  • Research and standard of care in the profession
  • Education within the University and the role of mentorship
  • Keeping abreast with new ideas through the academic setting
  • Alternative business models to a traditional firm
  • Providing a diverse, inclusive, and innovative practice


Session 8 (May 1, 2020) attendance required

Future of Our Culture

  • Leader effectiveness and career and personal development (ie. work – life balance; self – assessment)
  • The role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed architects
  • Developing your own career path through reflection on the CKLDP
  • Major disruptors in tech / construction