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AIA Minnesota Launches a New Leadership Program
By Michael Schellin, AIA

This program was created in response to the Leadership Task Force to foster and develop leadership for AIA Minnesota member architects during mid-career. The mission of the FORUM is to assist AIA members in understanding and strengthening their role in leadership in areas of community involvement, government, professional practice, business development and mentorship. Experts related to each area of curriculum will speak at each session.

At the end of the six month program, FORUM participants are encouraged to participate in a community service project to further their leadership. The session is intended to run on an annual basis from January to June, starting with a new group of leaders each session. Jon Buggy, AIA, managing principal of Ellerbe Becket will serve as an advisor to the group.


The inaugural FORUM program began in January 2010, with 14 students (listed at right) who expressed interest in strengthening their abilities in leadership. The students hail from a wide variety of companies and represent firms that are small and large, residential and commercial, and private and corporate. These women and men began the six month course with a session on defining the parameters and attributes of leadership and will be led by facilitator Jon Buggy, AIA, managing principal at AECOM Ellerbe Becket.


Candidate must be an AIA Minnesota member

Candidate must be licensed a minimum of five years

Tuition must be paid. (Expected tuition is $600. Some scholarships may be available.)

Selected participants are expected to attend all of the sessions

Non-architect candidates must meet equivalent requirements


Over 50 people attended the FORUM Launch Mixer at the AIA Minnesota office on
September 9 where FORUM leaders and the Advisory Board unveiled the program's concept and reviewed details to begin the application process. If you have questions, contact:
Brian Tempas at or
Heidi Neumueller at

Mike Schellin, AIA is an Associate with Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd. Mike Schellin received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Dakota State University in 1999, joined Kodet immediately following graduation and received his license in 2004. In 2008 Mike was honored with the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award, and in 2009 mike was one of eight recipients to receive the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award. Mike is also the liaison to the Young Architects Forum for the North Central Region.


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