Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP)

Beginning in 2013, the AIA|DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. With the success of the inaugural class, a call for applications was once again opened, and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program has recently completed its second year.

The year-long program consists of nine individual half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals. The curriculum focuses on core skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management, the art of negotiation, bringing in new clients, community leadership, industry trends, and developing your future within the practice.

The leadership program participants are responsible for planning and participating in each of the individual sessions. Each year, scholars from the previous year are selected to help guide the next year’s class. In this way, the program is constantly evolving, allowing for the scholars to be constantly learning about thoughts and ideas that are relevant within the architectural profession today.

AIA|DC proudly announces its Call for Applications to begin the evaluation process for the 2016 Class.  Applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of Nomination
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume: include education, employment history, organizations and activities that you have been involved in, honors and awards that you have received.
  • Essay responses

For full CKLDP Application information, please visit

Applications must be submitted by 5pm, Monday June 29, 2015. 


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