AIA Chicago transFORM

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AIA Chicago transFORM

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Harold Washington College 30 East Lake Street Chicago, IL 60601

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Refunds up to 30 days before event


AIA Chicago transFORM is an interdisciplinary, interactive series focused on skill building for the business of architecture. The program centers on transformational leadership, utilizing strategic, tactical and operational skill sets designed to affect change in an architect's individual career and within their firm.

The curriculum, consisting of monthly modules, will arm “high potential” professionals, including executives and emerging professionals, with the business skills necessary to succeed in the profession by integrating real-world competencies with leadership fundamentals.

Every module will have a lens, focused on providing a financial vocabulary, culture + team engagement, communication, personal leadership assessment including social style, presentation skill-building as well as entrepreneurial tools for architects for immediate use within both large and small firms. Each session will focus on both new content and the application of previously taught skills. All participants will be expected to report on how they have applied learned skills to affect change, allowing their peers to share feedback about that applied growth.

Co-Sponsors Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Chicago and Harold Washington College

Co-sponsored and powered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) Chicago program, and in partnership with Harold Washington College, this collaboration will bring award-winning faculty to the fingertips of AIA Chicago members and AEC professionals. AIA Chicago transFORM will combine the curriculum offered to GS10KSB participants with the business of architecture, and will feature speakers, panelists and educators from within the profession, providing real-world application of those business and leadership skills in an interdisciplinary setting.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses: GS10KSB is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. With multiple sites nationwide, GS10KSB has served over 8,000 small business owners. The program has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program.

Program Location

Harold Washington College, 30 E Lake Street, Chicago IL 60601

Program Dates

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 5:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday, December 12, 5:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, January 31, 5:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, February 21, 5:30-8:30 PM

*Dinner will be provided at each session.*

This program is meant to be completed as a whole and sessions will not be offered individually.

Program Cost

$250 for AIA members
$500 for non members


AIA Chicago encourages both members and non-members to apply, at all career development stages. While GS10KSB defines a small business as one with 500 or fewer employees, this program is specifically geared toward architects and AEC professionals at firms of all sizes.

A limited number of spots are available, and we expect this program to sell out.


Interested in sponsoring this program? Multiple opportunities are available. Contact Debora Donato for details: or 312-374-1726