“This has been a remarkable program with exceptional speakers, I’ve built an extensive network, and have directly applied these session topics into practice” – Victoria Templeton, RQAW

 “The AIA CKLDP has been a beyond beneficial experience. It is everything an emerging leader program should be and will greatly benefit the scholars and the architecture community in Indiana. Each participant is now more prepared to insert themselves into tasks and responsibilities that are typically reserved for more experienced staff. This advantage is due to the CKLDP’s ability to expose young architects to information at an earlier stage of their career and provide an environment where the scholars can test their skills in real scenarios with feedback from industry experts. I highly recommend any architect in Indiana to take this course, the earlier in their career the more influential it can become.“ – Matthew Jennings, American Structurepoint

“It has been a pleasure to participate alongside the scholars of the 2018-2019 class of AIA Indiana’s CKLDP program. For me, the real value of the program was in the group; the round table discussions on a broad list of professional topics and the new network that I now have in them through this experience. Each session exposed me to their unique viewpoints on current topics; many of which I may not have come into contact with otherwise. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in dedicating time to focus on professional development alongside a group of talented and driven peers.” – Zach Hilleson, RATIO

“From the Bootcamp, I was excited about the opportunity to join with this cohort to listen to the innovations that firms around the city and state were making, to grow with a stellar group of professionals from various backgrounds, and to look at the big picture to help our profession, my firm, and my clients to be more successful, in turn helping me to grow also.  There are so many great experiences from each session that have opened my eyes.” – Rick Rush, arcDESIGN

“AIA Indiana CKLDP was a great opportunity. It allowed me to meet and network with Architects as well as learn more about the field. The various categories discussed throughout the monthly classes expanded my knowledge not only in architecture but also how we as Architects and future architects have to adapt to the changes that are happening in the world.” – Myrisha Colston, Schmidt Associates

“The scholar-led format of the CKLDP was an excellent format to encourage creativity and accountability in the sessions.  Knowing that you were responsible for making a meaningful day of content for your peers and the understanding that 16 people are sacrificing their time to be there, really put the pressure on each of us to develop great sessions.

These sessions also allowed us all to form meaningful relationships with other peers in the industry.  This format allowed each of us to connect more than what you would typically do at an AIA event.  I also appreciated the candid conversations that we had in the sessions and the opportunity to air out important issues facing our industry and our roles within our respective offices.

I think the skills learned and the conversations we had have already and will continue to improve us all as leaders and mentors.” – Martin Sams, Synthesis

“The AIA CKLDP program has been very beneficial to me. I have enjoyed meeting other peers in the architecture field in Indiana. The program has been a way for me to reevaluate my role as an architect and as a productive member of society. It is nice to see what my peers are doing within their companies and the community. The AIA CKLDP has provided me with an expanded network that will benefit me throughout my career.

The AIA CKLDP has provided an educational setting for the benefit of the scholars within the program. It provided a forum for learning and discussing ideas. There is a great deal that architects can do to change our community, and I enjoyed the intellectual exercises and the thought-provoking presentations. I was glad to be able to express my ideas and be part of the group. It was nice to venture outside of the day-to-day office environment. I appreciate the effort the committee put forth in creating and facilitating the program. I appreciate the new relationships formed and the dedication of my fellow scholars.” – Brendan Brown, Kovert Hawkins Architects

“The AIA Indiana Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program more than exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed the opportunity to work with other young architects to explore all the facets of architecture, which were presented to us from highly acclaimed professionals in their sector.  I appreciated most the opportunity to explore business development techniques and negotiation skills, both of which will greatly benefit me as I progress in the profession.  I also enjoyed learning about other firms processes and strategies through my fellow scholars’ experiences, ideas which I was able to bring back to my firm.   The support our cohort gained from industry partners was most generous and resulted in a jovial atmosphere.  I would highly recommend the AIA Indiana Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program to any young architect looking to advance in the architecture profession.” – Jennifer Miller, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

“The CKLDP has been a great experience that has helped me grow with each topic that was presented. It was also a great networking opportunity with the scholars in the program as well as the speakers that presented at each session.” – Brad Brutout, Schmidt Associates

“The Christopher Kelley leadership development program is a great collection of emerging professionals whose energy and passion for the profession of architecture really help to energize a lot of great conversations. The topic areas that are talked about within the program really add a lot of value to the progression of myself as a leader and my continued education. Furthermore, I believe that this program is also a great place to meet like-minded professionals who share the same passion. The connection and relationships created by participating in this program are very valuable. This is a great program for emerging professionals and the architecture community of Indiana.” – Sean Costello, atelierRISTING