CKLDP DC 2020-2021 Call for Applications

Due to COVID-19, our leadership team is working hard to solidify the schedule and programming for the upcoming class. At this time, we plan to delay the start of next year’s program to January 2021, and applications will likely open in early September. Stay tuned for more information on next year’s class schedule, to be updated soon.

The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program’s (CKLDP) Application Submissions for the class of 2020 – 2021 are just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know to apply!

What is 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 program, the CKLDP looks to secure a promising new cohort of scholars in 2020 – 2021. The year-long program consists of nine half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals*. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm/agency support will be considered.

How and when are applications due?

What should I start preparing? Please click the following links for relevant information, instructions and forms from previous years for reference.  2020 – 2021 information to come.

What do I need to submit to be considered? Applications must include the following. Incomplete applications may be disqualified:

  1. Letter of Interest – candidates must submit a one-page written letter of interest that describes your past experiences and interest in the program, as well as what you feel you will contribute to the upcoming class. Letters are limited to one page and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-First Name-Letter of Interest.pdf)
  2. Letters of Recommendation – each application must include a minimum of one and maximum of three, letter(s) of recommendation. It is in the best interest of the applicant to provide only strong letters of support/recommendation. Letters are limited to one page each and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-First Name- Letter of Recommendation-1.pdf)
  3. Personal Resume – including applicant’s education, employment history, organizations or activity involvement, and honors and awards. Resumes are preferred to be no more than two pages and uploaded in PDF format. It is NOT in the best interest of the applicant to simply submit a 1-page firm resume with project experience. Instead, include relevant topics such as education, community involvement, industry involvement, volunteer work, etc. (Last Name-First Name-Resume.pdf)
  4. Agreement Form – completed, signed, and uploaded in PDF format. Please click here to download a copy of the form. (Last Name-First Name-Agreement.pdf)

How do I learn more? There will be an “Applications 101” information session hosted by members of the CKLDP Selection Committee where candidates can ask questions about what to include and what not to include in applications. Attendance at this event is NOT mandatory for applications and will hold no merit on acceptance into the program. This event will take place virtually, date TBD:

Have more questions? Reach out to Daniel or Claire for more information:

Clarification! The difference between a letter of interest and a letter of recommendation is a follows:

  • Letter of Interest – a letter of interest should come from the applicant themselves. The letter should address specific leadership skills that the candidate will bring to the program, as well as what the candidate expects to gain from the program. Applicants are still highly encouraged to provide additional letters of recommendations as support.
  • Letter of Recommendation – a letter of recommendation speaks to the leadership character of the applicant. Individual and specific stories are shared, which reinforce both the personal qualities and professional traits of the applicant. Letters of recommendation are encouraged to be provided by others who have worked closely with the applicant, but do not have to be from within the industry (church, university, client, contractor, coach, etc.).

We look forward to your application!

*An emerging professional is defined as someone who has graduated from college with an architecture degree and is within 10 years of their first licensure.

Learn More About the AIA|DC CKLDP

Interested in a brief overview of the program but don’t have time to read through the session summaries?  Don’t worry, we got you covered.  Check out the PDF below or the Prezi animation for a quick recap.