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Leadership Institute 2017
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When: 11/16/2017
Where: The Maxwell House / Western Justice Center
55 S. Grand Avenue
Pasadena, California  91105
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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The Leadership Institute is a national leadership development program of the American Institute of Architects. Using a digital conferencing model, the program connects multiple locations for an interactive, one-day learning experience. Over 600 architects and emerging professionals have participated since 2015. Early bird rate available until 9/15!


Our National Plenary Broadcast is offered in four time zones (ET, CT, MT, and PT). The goal is to bring the content to you. This not only reduces the cost of travel and registration for participants, but also elevates the valuable regional discussions on leadership at our many AIA Components.

Our five Regional Venues located in Bentonville, Arkansas; Detroit, Michigan; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pasadena, California; and Washington, DC offer participants a full-day program of 6.25 LU|HSW. If you are unable to travel, we also offer Virtual Attendee participation of 3.75 LU|HSW, including single viewer and group viewing options.


Learning objectives:

1. Professional & Industry Leadership:
Participants will gain an understanding of how architect design influence can impact communities through the application of diverse leadership strategies across the industry from different career stage perspectives and how participants can apply this framework to promote personal and organizational leadership effectiveness within design practice, firm and community settings.

2. Design & Business Leadership:
Participants will be able to identify and apply leadership theories and strategies related to organizational behavior including concepts on individual behavior, group and team behavior, culture, and communication techniques in the process of guiding people in design, environmental and preservation endeavors.

3. Community Leadership:
Participants will be able to distinguish how architects and designers can connect community revitalization efforts and techniques to address environmental issues, hazards and historic preservation when working in neighborhoods where design solutions are challenged by physical, ecological and conservation risks.

4. Citizen Architect:
Attendees will be able to apply concepts promoting the important role of architects in producing safe, healthy and socially responsible communities through effective collaboration techniques recognizing the civic engagement, and leadership role architects can fulfill through elected and appointed government service, philanthropy and pro bono assistance.

5. Advocacy
Participants will recognize how architects can have a role in local and regional issues addressing design, environmental and social equity through using a process to identify the problem, lead the call to action, and design the solutions that result in economic and social advantage for the entire community.



Thursday, November 16



The Maxwell House (Western Justice Center)

55 S. Grand Ave.

Pasadena, CA  91105


Parking: There is a public lot across from the courthouse. It is free with no time limit and can fit 150 cars.


See detailed PASADENA SCHEDULE here.



08:00 - 8:30a Breakfast / Registration

09:00 - 09:15a Local Program Welcome by Mark Gangi

09:15 - 09:30a Countdown to National Plenary Broadcast

09:30 - 02:00p National Plenary Broadcast (click to view Pacific Schedule)

Lunch served during Broadcast

02:00 - 02:15p Coffee break

02:15 - 02:45p AIACC 2017 AEP Awards Program

02:45 - 03:15p Challenges and Opportunities in California

Participants will consider a number of civic design challenges facing California architects, including: zero net energy, the housing crisis, disaster preparedness, architects a leaders, and design leadership. What opportunities can architects take to move these conversations forward in a positive way? Five design leaders from Southern California will present these table topics.

Ric Abramson, FAIA, Workplays studio*architecture
Jana Itzen, AIA, ITZEN Architects
Philip J. Bona, AIA
Carol Lanham, Kitchell CEM
Lance Bird, FAIA, La Canada Design Group

03:15 - 03:30p Networking break

03:30 - 04:30p Breakout Discussions on Opportunities in California

Participants will have the option to choose from one of the following breakout topics themes, and will engage in small teams to discuss and collaborate to address the Citizen Architect approach to solving the problem:

Zero Net Energy - AIA’s leadership strategy for 2020 ZNE requirement in California
The Housing Crisis - the opportunity to transform communities and lead the conversation
Disaster Preparedness - the WHEN scenario
Architects As Leaders - positioning architects as leaders in California
Design Leadership - the growing impact of design in society and the architect's role

04:30 - 05:15p Report Out

05:15 - 05:30p Closing Remarks

05:30 - 6:30p Reception



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