ATLANTA – Feb. 2, 2021– AIA Georgia is pleased to announce the 2021 class of Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP).  This competitive program aims to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in architecture through a series of eight sessions focused on such topics as political engagement, civic leadership and community engagement, business development, professional practice and equity, diversity and inclusion.

The program accepts 16 emerging professionals each year to collaborate, learn together and develop as leaders in architecture. This program is ideal for members who are eager to advance in their career and either have not yet become a licensed architect or have been licensed for ten years or less.

Please join us in welcoming the 2021 CKLDP class:

  • Elliot Brown, AIA | Line Scale Form Architects
  • Michael Garcia, Assoc. AIA | LS3P Associates, Ltd.
  • Jonathan Gould, AIA | Cooper Carry
  • Akhil Hemanth, Assoc. AIA | Architecture 101
  • Zachary Hicks, Assoc. AIA
  • Brad King, AIA, NCARB | 2KM Architects, Inc.
  • Alejandra Lopez, AIA | tvsdesign
  • Joy Newberry, AIA | Virgo Gambill Architects
  • Garfield Peart, AIA, LEED GA | Syntony Design Collaborative, LLC
  • Heather Potts, AIA, RA, NCARB | Easy Tiger Architecture
  • Natallie Santiago Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA | LS3P Associates, Ltd.
  • Emily Schickner, AIA, NCARB | Harrison Design
  • Michael Sena, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Well AP | HKS, Inc.
  • Parker Stewart, AIA, LEED BD+C AP, Well AP, LYSSB | HKS, Inc.
  • Julia Vasquez, AIA, NCARB | Flad Architects
  • Dustin Willis, AIA | Niles Bolton Architects

About Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

Christopher Kelley, AIA was an active member of the Washington, D.C. architectural community. He was a respected leader within the Institute as well as within Gensler’s Washington office. Through his volunteer efforts, he participated and contributed to initiatives and programs centered on supporting emerging professionals. 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.” After his sudden passing in 2012, this program was created by the D.C. AIA chapter to continue his legacy of leadership and activism.

Learn more about the Christopher Kelley Leadership Program at