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AIAT Leadership Forum

AIA Triangle Leadership Forum

The AIA Triangle Leadership Forum connects a select group of area Emerging Professionals with leaders from the community as well as architectural firms. If you are an Associate AIA member or an AIA member licensed less than 10 years you are encouraged to apply. The program puts you face to face with many industry leaders in our area and connects you to other mid and early career architects who will be influential leaders in the future. 

Get all the details and apply on the AIAT Leadership Forum Site.

2016 Schedule

February 5  |  Application Deadline

March 10  |  Leadership Perspective

April 14  |  Early/Mid Career Development

May 19  |  Focus: Private Practice

June 16  |  Citizen Architect

July 21  |  Leadership Through Design

August 18  |  Influencing your City

September 15  |  Research, Education, Practice

October 13  |  Focus: Design Topic

November 10  |  Developing your Future Within the Practice


The mission of the AIA Triangle Leadership Forum is to:

1. Expand participants’ understanding of successful leadership.

2. Explore the cultivation of a healthy career within our industry.

3. Assist each individual in developing their own leadership style.

The AIA Triangle Leadership Forum is focused on assisting Emerging Professionals in our local chapter in developing leadership skills and advancing career path planning.  The program consists of a curated series of events designed to create an open dialogue between established architect-leaders and participating emerging professionals. Through conversations, panel discussions, workshops, and office/job-site tours, the Leadership Forum facilitates the transfer of knowledge across generational and hierarchical gaps.

Each month, the Forum convenes for a roundtable discussion with a different featured mentor at their office.  The resources/experiences of each featured mentor are shared commonly for the benefit of all program participants.

Each session provides an address or presentation, an interactive section for direct mentorship and a workshop, which ties in outside resources.

Typical Schedule

           1: reception & refreshments

           2: address/ presentation - by the featured mentor or discussion panel

           3: interactive discussion - Q&A and/or round-robin small group discussions

           4: office tour

           5: workshop session

           6: wrap up

By promoting mentorship and leadership development, the program facilitates personal and professional growth and encourages community involvement in the architectural and civic community.

Each session of the Forum runs from early spring through the end of the year.

Sessions run from 4:30pm-7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month.

Participation in the AIA Triangle Leadership Forum

Selection: the application and selection process conducted by the AIA Triangle Board and the Leadership Forum Committee.

Successful candidates must satisfy one of the following criteria:

           • AIA Associate Members (Non-licensed individuals with Accredited Degree)

           • AIA YAF Members (Licensed individuals < 10 years)

           • Student enrolled in an AIAS program                (up to 2 admitted)

           • Professional in Related Field (additional fee required)        (up to 3 admitted)

             (Interior Designers, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Graphic Designers, Artists, Contractors)

The Leadership Forum roster includes 12 total participants (or less):

           (up to 4 committee members and up to 8 accepted applicants)

Three Rotating Areas of Focus

There are three primary areas of focus which the program rotates through based on the needs and desires of those chosen to participate.  This widens the scope of the program, keeps alumni participants interested, and allows for members to participate in the program more than once

1. General Leadership - focuses on developing each participant’s unique abilities in leading groups and managing teams.

            • communication

           • management

           • developing successful team culture

2. Civic Leadership - focuses on equipping participants to get involved in community service organization and governmental positions.

           • activism in the capitol & city hall

           • panel discussions w/ civic leaders

           • integrated service project

3. Business Leadership - focuses on the principles, skills and background knowledge needed by those who want to lead or manage within a firm.

           • accounting basics

           • legal logistics

           • practicalities of running an office

           • marketing, branding & business development