More Information About the Collective


The intended audience of the program includes all AIA Austin emerging professionals, with a preference given to those who have worked 5 to 10 years in the field. The class of 20 participants will be selected in order to achieve as diverse a group as possible with respect to the knowledge and insight they bring to the table. This group may include up to five Allied Member participants from professions related to architecture.


Participants will be expected to serve as ambassadors, immediately applying and growing their leadership skills by leading their own training sessions, or Leadership Co-Labs, sharing program content and activities with a group of 4-5 interested professionals in their own firm or professional network. The ambassador model not only strengthens skills learned through practice but also amplifies the program’s impact. By extending the knowledge gained to a wider audience, the long-term benefits of the program are extended to our entire professional community.


The progression of the program will expand in scope through the principal topics of Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Systems. Each session will utilize active learning and target the development of at least one immediately executable skill. This model aims to equip participants with the skills and networks needed to attain larger systemic impact in the professional community.

Leading Self
Sessions will focus on building self-awareness, setting benchmark program metrics, identifying personal strengths, and teaching effective feedback skills. By introducing these topics early, the program aims to encourage ongoing, effective feedback both among participants and with regard to the program content and delivery.
Leading Others
Sessions will focus on the development of skills surrounding participants’ interactions with others, leveraging personal strengths to create cohesive and effective relationships, teams, and groups.
Leading Systems
Sessions will focus on analyzing, working within, and building systems to effect adaptive change. This may include keynote speaker sessions open to the broader professional community. Participants will each identify a specific and meaningful leadership challenge to use as a case study in applying program content.