Session 04: Data + Research

Date: May 21, 2021
Location: Virtual
Led by: Ryan Dirks, AIA, LEED AP | Perkins Eastman & Ina Kovacheva, RA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP | Newman Architects
Session Downloads: CKLDP 2021 Session 04 Data And Research

This session will explore the numerous ways that research and data are reshaping design practice in a wide range of project types and scales. Participants will explore a variety of innovative approaches to how data can be applied to help evaluate information and answer design questions as diverse as zoning analysis, energy modeling, evaluation of the functionality of buildings, and the effects of development on community. These approaches will be framed within the context of how the field of architecture can adapt to prevent the worst effects of climate change, while acknowledging the role that urban design and affordable housing can play in promoting social equity in America and around the globe.

Session 03: The Art of Negotiation

Date: April 23, 2021
Location: Virtual
Led by: Laura Wake-Ramos, AIA, NCARB, DBIA, EDAC | M.A. Mortenson Company & K. Aurora Smith, AIA, LEED BD+C | Quinn Evans
Session Downloads: CKLDP 2021 Session 03 Art of Negotiation

The third session of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, titled “Art of Negotiation”, will explore negotiation from multiple perspectives and expertise in communication.  The program will consist of four sessions.  The first presentation will focus public speaking and communicating with confidence, clarity, and purpose.  The second presentation will focus on the principles and basics of negotiation.  The third session will reinforce negotiation concepts with a mock negotiation activity.  The final session will be a leadership roundtable discussion where scholars will be able to discuss and listen with leadership who apply negotiation leadership techniques in the industry.

Session 02: Entrepreneurship + Management

Date: March 19, 2021
Location: Virtual
Led by: Charlotte Fleishel, Assoc. AIA | Studio Twenty Seven Architecture; Micheal Holliday, RIBA, RIAS, International Assoc. AIA | Balodemas Architect
Session Downloads: CKLDP 2021 Session 02 Entrepreneurship + Management

Architecture, Entrepreneurship + Management in Different Contexts

Luanne Greene, FAIA, LEED AP -President at Ayers Saint Gross

Christine M. Hurt, CPA, MBA -CEO at Ayers Saint Gross

During the first presentation, Luanne Greene and Christine Hurt described how Ayers Saint Gross, a 102 year old firm transitioned into becoming an ESOP recently. Some of the key goals behind the shift were separating the employees’ leadership and ownership trajectory in order to allow all to become shareholders, and being able to benefit from the multiple advantages an ESOP offers.

The financial benefits include a productivity rate growth 50% faster and revenue growth 2-4% faster than non-ESOP models. Luanne and Christine believe the success of their implementation is due to their employee engagement program.

Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA -Founding Principal at SHoP Architects

Gregg Pasquarelli discussed the importance of academia and service firms, leading to the both/and concept of SHoP Architects. After discussing the typical project players and relationships, Gregg emphasized how SHoP Architects is structured differently in order to avoid the cycle of mediocrity and create a new relationship between the architect, developer, and lender. SHoP determined that the architects contribute more intellectually and in doing so, need to take more risk for that and thus also receive a higher reward. To help mitigate the risk from contractors with this unconventional and innovative approach to detailing and constructing a building, a SHoP architect is typically onsite full time during construction.

The Research and Development aspect of SHoP pushed the way of thinking to visualize the way things go together before the creation of BIM. Pasquarelli discussed the creation of an app used to see how the pieces go together as well as the finished building on site through the application’s camera both prior to and under construction and the advantages it provided to the construction team as well as city approvers. He also showed photos and discussed the process of fabricating all pieces of a project off-site and having IKEA-esque pieces that all fit together with no saw required on site ever. Pasquarelli explained that having more design freedom to laser cut all of the panels, have an architectural detailing be the instruction set versus a typical construction set, and operate under their current design model is possible because they are also fully invested in the project whether it succeeds or fails. Gregg discussed multiple projects that were part of the both/and concept such as the Uber Headquarters, 9 Dekalb, and Barclays Arena. SHoP Architects has proven that the model does succeed, and their design and construction approach has beaten market comps, been extremely precise, led to growth of the firm, and continues to test and prove the capabilities of new software.

The Power of an Employee-Owned Architecture Practice

David Montalba, FAIA, SIA -Founding Principal at Montalba Architects

Barry Yoakum, FAIA, LEED AP -Co-Partner and Principal-in-Charge of Vision and Collaboration at archimania

Claire Weisz, FAIA -Principal-in-Charge at WXY architecture + urban design

A panel discussion with David Montalba, FAIA, SIA, Barry Yoakum, FAIA, LEED AP, and Claire Weisz, FAIA was moderated by scholars Charlotte Fleishel, Assoc. AIA and Micheal Holliday, RIBA, RIAS, International Assoc. AIA. The panel focused on four aspects of firm management –growth, location, leadership, and business operations. Each panelist gave an overview of their firm and discussed how they started their practice. Claire emphasized the importance of reacting quickly and that not all projects are glamorous, but they can turn into another project so do not turn down an opportunity because of the label. Similarly, David discussed the importance of making lemonade out of lemons and in terms of growth, it is important to create the right environment and that a practice is bigger than just the people in the office –it is community wide and building the right relationships is important because architecture is a team sport. Barry’s advice and experience regarding growth was to do it slow and purposefully because location and market are the biggest factors. He also emphasized the importance of keeping archimania scalable, meaning that it is big enough to get any kind of job, but small enough to be mobile and still connected to people and clients.

As the panel shifted toward leadership, the ability to think quickly and take responsibility were common themes as the panelists reflected on what skills have contributed to their success as leaders. Claire dove further into the need to be responsive and not delay. Simultaneously, she also emphasized the need to slow things down to understand the real issue which she feels is necessary of a good leader because an architect needs to help people do their best work and understanding the real issues is critical to that. David’s approach was focused on responsibility and the importance of setting the expectation and caliber of design and excellence. He emphasized that it is important not to tiptoe around things that are not up to par because we all need to be critical of our value to clients, projects, and our work in order to do great work. Barry discussed the idea that people want leaders, not managers and a person becomes a leader when they can say “I don’t know” and “I’m sorry” especially to clients and associates. He also highlighted the importance of reinforcing the good and bad right when it happens.

The scholars participated in a Q&A session and dialogue with the panelists and were very appreciative for the openness and thought-provoking discussion..

Architecture, Entrepreneurship & Management in Different Contexts

Katie Swenson -Senior Principal at MASS Design

Albeit an architectural firm, MASS Design has a very different modus operandi -it is a non-profit that only works with organizations and partners to help amplify their missions. Katie shared projects the company has completed in Rwanda and in the US, and described multiple ways in which the design and construction impact into the community being affected by the project arean integral part of their process.

Based on core values of Good/Clean/Fair Design, they propose a shift in thinking from ‘What a building’ is to ‘What a building can do’. MASS gets involved in all phases from Vision, Planning, Design, Construction and Evaluation & Research for their projects.

Session 01: Leading Together

Date: February 19, 2021
Location: Virtual
Led by: Juliane Trindade, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate | Page Southerland Page & Rebecca Meyer, AIA Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP
Session Downloads: CKLDP 2021 Session 01 Leading Together

The first CKLDP session, titled ‘Leading Together’ explored what leadership is and what impacts positive leadership can have on the individual, project team, firm, and community with insights from various points of view. The program consisted of three separate presentations. The first focused on determining what each scholar’s individual leadership style is, and how to analyze and apply the results from the LSI test. The second taught and empowered individuals to recognize and advocate for equity in the design profession through leadership outside of traditional office roles. The final presentation was a leadership roundtable discussion where scholars will be able to listen and discuss with three accomplished architects their path to leadership and how it applies to their project teams and firms

The first part of session was led by Cable Clarke, President of Clarke Consulting in Washington, DC., which is an international consulting firm, founded in 1994. Two weeks prior to the session the Clarke consulting sent the CKLDP group an online self-assessment to complete. Mr. Clarke explained that LSI was created to understand oneself and defined the Circumplex, a graphic tool within the assessment that showed test’s results, measuring 12 specific patterns or styles of thinking, behaving and interacting.

The second presentation was led by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, an Associate at Adjaye Associates. She is the 315th living African American female architect in the United States to attain her architectural license. She is the 2020 President-Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the 5th woman to hold this position of leadership. She is also on the AIA NY Board of Directors.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, LLC, positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture.

Ms. Sablan began by introducing herself and giving an overview of her career and the presentation. She highlighted one incident that fueled her desire for change in the industry. Google results for “great architects” showed no results for women or African Americans. Ms. Sablan described how this disturbed her and how issues like this gave birth to the Say It Loud movement.  Her goal was to inspire the next generation of architects and leaders so she came up with new ways to engage with local communities by making the exhibits more visible. She concluded by encouraging the class to participate in some of the different platforms that advocate change.

The last activity of the session was a leadership round table discussion led by a group of panelists:  Anna Barbour, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA, NCARB; and Robert Perry, AIA.

Anna Barbour, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Project Manager at Beyer Blinder Belle in Washington, DC. She is an active member of the AIA NOVA, and is the current Co-Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee.  Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, is the design director and principal of Michael Marshall Design. His career spans almost three decades. Marshall volunteers his time presenting lectures on architecture and serving on architecture advisory boards. Robert Perry, AIA is a principal at Page Southerland Page. Robert has over 37 years of experience on both national and international projects.