AIA Memphis EP Leadership Program

In connection with its 60th Anniversary, AIA Memphis launched the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program in 2013 to prepare the next generation of leaders to serve and lead the design profession. With funding awarded by the national College of Fellows and the 2013 AIA National Leadership Initiative, the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program features a leadership curriculum to enable emerging leaders of the profession to learn from local members of the College of Fellows and invited speakers in key areas of leadership. The Leadership Program participants range from recent graduates to architects licensed 10 years or less.

2016-2017 AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program
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About the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program

The AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program is held once every two years, beginning in 2013-2014. The next program will be held 2016-2017. Email for additional information.

Program Fee

 2016-2017 Leadership Program fee is $750.


The application process for the 2016-2017 program is now closed.

2016-2017 Session Dates & Descriptions

September 17, 2016 | 9am-3pm | Kick off session with Team Trek’s Jeanne Grey Carr
A full day of getting to know yourself and your fellow participants.  Team Trek’s Jeanne Grey Carr will lead discussions based on the book, StrengthsFinder 2.0.  This will help participants identify and build upon their natural strengths.

October 20, 2016 | 5:30pm-9pm | Design Community Project Introduction
Participants will explore the future of the Memphis design community and explore ways the next generation of leaders can impact the local built environment.

November 17, 2016 | 5:30pm-9pm | The Citizen Architect: Civic Engagement through Design
As cities and communities adjust to new challenges of the 21st century, architects are uniquely positioned to take greater leadership roles in community building, appointed commissions and boards, and as elected officials.  Learn how the Citizen Architect model provides a framework for architects to leverage their distinct skill set to benefit communities through civic leadership.

January 19, 2017 | 5:30pm-9pm | Design and Cultural Leadership
Unlike any other medium, design has the potential to impact the cultural landscape, and architects are at the forefront of design leadership.  Recognized designers will discuss innovation in architecture and design, as well as considerations for aspiring design leaders.

February 16, 2017 | 5:30pm-9pm | Business Leadership: Forming & Leading Successful Firms
Emerging architects are faced with critical decisions such as whether to start an how firm and how to prepare for leadership within established firms.  Business leadership requires a broad knowledge base in the face of rapidly changing demands on architects and their firms.  Participants will explore successful models and discuss new innovation.

March 16, 2017 | 5:30pm-9pm | Perspective on Profession Leadership
Learn about leadership opportunities at all levels of the AIA, related professional organizations, and how the role of emerging leaders is charting the course for change within the Institute.

April 20, 2017 | 5:30pm-9pm | Fellowship
What is Fellowship? This program will describe the role of the College of Fellows within the Institute and profession including an overview of the Fellowship process and the experience of AIA Memphis Fellows.  Participants will learn about Fellowship related to a variety of career paths in the design professions.

May 18, 2017 | 5:30pm-9pm | Leadership in Design & Construction
Given advances in technology and practice, successful projects increasingly rely on collaboration between designers, consultants, owners, and constructors.  

Summer 2017 TBA | Closing Ceremony