We are pleased to announce that Brianne Smith, AIA, LEED APBD+C, has been selected to participate in the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) through the AIA Colorado. The CKLDP aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a year-long leadership training curriculum focused on:

  • entrepreneurship and firm management;
  • teamwork and collaboration;
  • negotiation skills;
  • client development;
  • community leadership; and
  • understanding industry trends

Just 16 emerging professionals are selected annually from across the state to collaborate, learn together and develop as leaders in architecture. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm support is considered.

The program is named after Christopher Kelley, AIA, who was an active member of the D.C. architectural community and suddenly passed away in May 2012. He was a respected leader within the Institute as well as within his firm. Through his volunteer efforts, he participated and contributed to initiatives and programs that have had a positive impact on emerging professionals at different stages of their careers. In 2010 Christopher was honored with the AIA Young Architects Award for which the jury stated, “Christopher has proven himself a young leader within and around the AIA, a real example for other young professionals.” This program is intended to continue his legacy of leadership and activism.

Brianne is a Senior Associate at RB+B and has been with the firm 11 years. For more information on the CKLDP program, please visit: https://aiacolorado.org/christopher-kelley-leadership-development-program/