Emerging Leaders in Architecture

An Honors Academy of the AIA Virginia

Designed to develop future leaders in architecture firms, in communities, and in the profession, the ELA program consists of seven intensive day-long seminars. Each session will focus on one or more essential strategies or skills such as financial management, presentation and communication skills, negotiating techniques, understanding legal and ethical issues, and public service.

A class project is incorporated into the program, which lasts the entire year, is real-world and real-client based, and serves to help the participants put the knowledge and skills they are learning into practice.

How to Apply

The committee seeks applicants from three categories:

Component Nominees Each of the five AIA Virginia local component Boards may nominate one or more individuals for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each chapter for a total of five.

Student Nominees Each Virginia Architecture School (UVa, VT, Hampton, and WAAC) may nominate one or more students for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each school for a total of four.

Open Applications Applicants may apply on their own or be nominated by someone else.  Seven participants will be selected from among these applicants.

Submissions for the 2016 class will be accepted soon.

Class Page of the 2012 ELA Class

Class Page of the 2011 ELA Class

Class Page of the 2010 ELA Class

Membership News

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Professional Development News

  • ELA Class Tackles Food Deserts ELA_20160708_01

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Government Advocacy News

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Virginia Accord

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    Bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability — on Sept. 19-20, 2014 at the Virginia Accord.