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.

Key Benefits

Exclusively for architects

It’s the first—and only—multiyear program for architects that focuses on firm, professional, and community leadership.

Expert instructors

Business experts, architects, firm leaders, and renowned coaches work with you to develop senior-level leadership skills.

Small classes

Classes are limited to 28 students to maximize your learning experience and interaction with instructors, coaches, and peers.

Personalized coaching

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.

The Curriculum

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.


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

Information regarding the next application period will be available in 2022.

• completed online application

• current résumé

• three letters of support

• four short essays

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Session 1

Late January: Two and half day retreat

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Session 2  

Mid  March: One hour individual leadership coaching

Session 3

Late April: Two hour virtual class

Creativity and leadership

Session 4  

Mid June: One hour individual business coaching

Session 5

Late July: Two and half day retreat

The Reluctant Salesperson

Session 6

Mid September: One hour individual leadership coaching

Session 7

Late October: Two hour virtual class

Leadership dynamics in professional practice

Session 8

Mid December:  One hour Individual business coaching

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