2020 Cohort Sessions

2019 – 2020 Schedule

(click on a link to learn more about a session)

September 2019:
9/7 – Boot Camp (mandatory attendance required)

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

October 2019: 
10/4 – Session #1: Working Together
Session Program
Session Summary

  • 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

November 2019: 
11/1 – Session #2: Entrepreneurship and Management
Session Program
Session Summary

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

December 2019: 
12/6 – Session #3: The Art of Negotiation
Session Program
Session Summary

  • 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

Winter Break

January 2020: 
1/10 – Session # 4: Community Engagement
Session Program
Session Summary

  • Community involvement and the role of volunteerism in a market-based society,
  • Business practice of public interest design
  • Professional expectations for social responsibility and public service
  • Becoming more involved in your own community through philanthropic work and board involvement
  • Understanding how politics and advocacy effect the profession; civic leadership

February 2020:
2/7 – Session #5: Closing the Deal
Session Program
Session Summary

  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
  • Use of social media
  • Networking
  • Business Development and pursuing work

March 2020: 
3/1 – Session #6: Industry Trends
Session Program
Session Summary

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

April 2020: 
4/5 – Session #7: Expanding the Definition of Practice
Session Program
Session Summary

  • 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

May 2020: 
5/1 – Session #8: The Future of Our Culture (mandatory attendance required)
Session Program
Session Summary

  • The future of architecture and the fundamentals of planning, design, documentation and service in a forward-thinking and fast-changing profession
  • Leader effectiveness and personal development; work-life balance
  • The role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed architects
  • Developing your own career path through reflection on the CKLDP