2021 Leadership Programs

Emerging Leaders Program

AIA Fort Worth is excited to offer the chapter’s first annual Leadership Program on a virtual platform at a highly subsidized rate. 

The Emerging Leaders Program identifies, cultivates, and mentors young leaders in three areas of leadership: the firm, the profession, and our community. Originated 13 years ago through AIA Dallas, this year the program is being offered as a pilot virtual experience with AIA Dallas and AIA San Antonio.  The program has more than 240 graduates and draws rave reviews through its curriculum that combines leadership discussions led by Peter DeLisle, PhD, Hon. TxA, the class-developed panels, and a class project benefiting the greater community. 

“I am passionate about the practice of architecture. I love what I do and I love the people I practice with… Every day I strive to learn something new and to become a better professional. Participating in the AIA Emerging Leaders Program this past year has allowed me to keep learning and has been an amazing experience. It has enhanced my appreciation for the practice of our craft.” – Morgan Harrison, AIA, 2017 Emerging Leaders Program Graduate

Are you an emerging leader who would benefit from this training? Do you know someone in your firm you could recommend to firm leaders for participation in the program? We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Emerging Leaders Program.

Registration for this program has closed.

Advanced Leadership Program

The next step after Emerging Leaders, ALP addresses topics such as leadership effectiveness, influencing in complex environments, conflict management, and decision-making. This program is designed for project and program managers leading teams and will help navigate the road to elevated leadership roles. Through engagement in the program, participants will develop a personal leadership development plan to directly address individual and group needs and substantially impact your organization. We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Advanced Leadership Program.

Registration for this program has closed.


Enhance participants’ abilities in three areas of leadership: the firm, the profession, and the community; impacting the success and culture of their firms and the architectural community


All sessions will be held via Zoom in 2021.
These sessions will be led by Peter DeLisle, PhD, Hon TxA, focusing on leadership topics important to all levels. All leadership program participants will attend at the same time.
These sessions will be offered by select outside experts on a variety of topics designed to broaden the perspective of the program participants.
These sessions will be offered to smaller groups based on the participant’s level of leadership skill/experience, facilitated by graduates of the Leadership Programs or other Component leader. Personal Reflection and Development activities completed outside class may contribute to these sessions.


Interpersonal Influence Decision-Making Problem-Solving Constructive Feedback Conflict Resolution Cooperative Relationships High-Performance Teams Foresight Ethics…and more


Emerging Leaders Cohorts will select a community project to complete during the course of the program, working as a team. Advanced Leaders will select a community or firm project to complete individually during the course of the program.


The Foundations of Leadership sessions and the Special Interest Topics will offer continuing education units.


January – November, 2021

8:30am–9:00am Check-In

9:00am–10:30am Foundations

10:30am–10:45am Break

10:45am–noon Special Topic

12:00pm–1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30pm–3:00pm Prof Develop

Small Groups for Check-In and Afternoon sessions