The AIA Leadership Academy
Achieve your leadership potential with AIA’s new flagship leadership development program, AIA Leadership Academy. This three-year program is designed for architects who are ready for the next level of accomplished leadership in their firm, profession, and community. You’ll learn critical business and leadership skills to grow your business, lead change and innovation, empower and engage people, and create immediate impact.
Exclusively for architects
It’s the first—and only—multiyear program for architects that focuses on firm, professional, and community leadership.
Business experts, architects, firm leaders, and renowned coaches work with you to develop senior-level leadership skills.
Classes are limited to 28 students to maximize your learning experience and interaction with instructors, coaches, and peers.
One-on-one virtual coaching sessions will help you achieve your goals and reach the next level in your career.
Return on education
The experience and skills you’ll acquire will transform your career, your firm, and your community, positioning you for long-term success.
This program is designed to help you achieve your own tremendous leadership potential. Leadership experts, business consultants, and prominent architects will provide you with rigorous instruction developed specifically for the architecture profession. The curriculum will challenge you to lead across four key areas: Managing yourself, your firm, your profession, and your community.
The program combines the best attributes of three different settings: annual retreats, virtual classes, and individualized coaching. Sessions include knowledge-based lectures, facilitated exercises, panels, small- and large-group activities, success labs, best practice forums, and project-based assignments between sessions to promote problem solving and application-based learning. The result? Sustainable growth for your long-term career success.
The application deadline is September 22, 2019.
This program is open to AIA members in good standing, who are licensed and have a minimum of 8 years’ experience in an architecture firm. Class size is limited to 28 students per year. Candidates will be selected by a jury of their peers.
Tuition includes all course materials, instruction, and coaching plus breakfasts, lunches, and a group dinner at each in-person retreat. Travel, hotel, and incidentals are not included with tuition.
Annual tuition is $6,500 (payable each year).
How to apply
Applications for 2019 are closed, the next class will open for applicants in 2021.
• completed online application
• current résumé
• three letters of support
• four short essays
Late January: Two and half day retreat
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Mid March: One hour individual leadership coaching
Late April: Two hour virtual class
Creativity and leadership
Mid June: One hour individual business coaching
Late July: Two and half day retreat
The Reluctant Salesperson
Mid September: One hour individual leadership coaching
Late October: Two hour virtual class
Leadership dynamics in professional practice
Mid December: One hour Individual business coaching