2019-2020 Sessions

September 2019:
09/06 – Boot Camp (mandatory attendance required)

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

October 2019:
10/04 – Session #1: Working Together

  • The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and other allied professionals
  • Teams, groups, and organizational problem solving
  • Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team

November 2019:
11/01 – Session #2: Entrepreneurship and Management

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

December 2019:
12/06 – Session #3: The Art of Negotiation

  • 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:
01/10 – Session # 4: Community Engagement

  • Community involvement the role of volunteerism in a market-based society
  • 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:
02/07 – Session #5: Closing the Deal

  • 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:
03/06 – Session #6: Industry Trends

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

April 2020:
04/03 – Session #7: Expanding the Definition of Practice

  • The importance of research within the practice
  • Education within the University and the role of mentorship
  • Keeping involved with the academic setting and keeping abreast with new ideas
  • Alternative business models to a traditional firm
  • Providing a diverse, inclusive and innovated practice
  • Innovative career paths for designers

May 2020:
05/01 – Session #8: The Future of Our Culture (mandatory attendance required)

  • 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
  • Role of mentorship with recent graduates and recently licensed architects
  • Major disruptors
  • Closing Reception to follow