Key Dates

8/30 – Tuition due



Fri. 9/13 – Bootcamp (UNM SA+P, Room P135; 11:30 – 5:00pm; mandatory attendance required)

  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Importance of leadership within the profession
  • “How To” set-up future courses in the coming months
  • Breakouts with scholars to develop session content for year ahead
  • Sponsorship now and in your future
  • Review of program templates

10/4 – Session #1 – Working Together (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • The role of architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private
  • Owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and other allied professionals
  • Teams, groups, and organizational problem solving, including alternative methodologies (ie. Six Sigma, PMP, ect.)
  • Understanding your own leadership skills and how they relate to the rest of your team

11/8 – Session #2 – Professional Practice (Location TBD – Las Cruces)

  • Office and Firm management
  • Leadership, ownership, and transition
  • Financial and succession planning
  • Business and project management standards

12/6 – Session #3 – The Art of Negotiation and Contractual Pitfalls (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • Ethics and law, from contracts and codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior as it pertains to the profession
  • Negotiating a contract
  • Contractual pitfalls
  • Stakeholder relationships

1/10 – Session #4 – Community Involvement (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • Community involvement the role of volunteerism in a market-based society
  • Professional  expectations for social responsibility and public service
  • Becoming more involved in your own community through philanthropic work and board involvement
  • Understanding how politics and advocacy effect the profession

2/7 – Session #5 – Marketing and Business Development (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking skills
  • Importance (or not so important) use of social media
  • Networking

3/6 – Session #6 – Industry Trends (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • Industry trends and technology within the practice including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and the latest reference(s) focusing on sustainability within the profession
  • Advancing project delivery
  • Learning by doing through the use of fabrication
  • Getting to 2030 as it relates to the environment, economy, and social ethics

4/3 – Session #7 – Research, Education, and Practice  (Location TBD – Santa Fe)

  • The importance of research within the practice
  • Education within the University and the role of mentorship
  • Keeping involved with the academic setting and keeping abreast with new ideas
  • Non-traditional roles in the practice  

5/1 – Session #8 Future of Practice / Closing Reception (mandatory attendance required) (Location TBD – ABQ)

  • The future of architecture and the fundamentals of planning, design, documentation and service in a forward-thinking and fast changing profession
  • Development trends
  • Developing your own career path
  • Leader effectiveness and personal development