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Fast track your career: become a Future Leader

Fast track your career: become a Future Leader

21 June 2017

As a newly qualified architect, you’ve spent a considerable amount of time learning technical skills. You’re full of creative ideas, ambition and confidence. You want to be the very best you can be.

You want to be a leader – a leader of teams, projects or practice, maybe even a leader of the industry. As an up and coming architect with great potential, you may know where you want to be but have you taken steps to help you get there?

What makes a great leader in architecture? RIBA’s research shows that housing developers, contractors and local authorities believe architects are key to the vision of a project. They say architects lead the way in showing them, as clients, how to unlock the value of their sites and be at the forefront of the design build process.

One client described architects as champions of design quality, who believe in it and reassert it. Those who are creative, listen and engage with the client team and the wider community are the truly inspirational leaders in our field.

Our new 2017 comprehensive Future Leaders programme has been completely revised for people just like you – talented architects who are ready to develop the skills to become our profession’s next generation of leaders and rising stars.

Set up more than six years ago, up-and-coming architects can now attend a more extensive Future Leaders programme consisting of three full-day seminars which take place every two months from March to July. This year’s comprehensive programme has proven such a success that all three events sold out in early March. To register your interest in the Future Leaders 2018 programme, email

We all know how important experience and CPD is when it comes to keeping your skills up to date and keeping up with industry developments. Newly qualified, you’ve spent a long time mastering the art of being an architect, now it’s time to learn how to lead. No matter what your role or stage in your career, architects need to have the skills to lead design teams or practices in an evolving and challenging environment.

The programme is a comprehensive introduction to leadership, covering everything from vision, strategy and planning, engagement and delivery, profile building, communication and presentation, business and innovation.

As well as furthering your learning and development, Future Leaders provides the opportunity of meeting like-minded professionals and broadening your understanding and knowledge of the profession as a whole, enriching your career and your contribution to your practice.

Chartered Members receive a 20% discount on the Future Leaders programme, as well as access to other events, CPD and resources.

Find out more about Future Leaders programme and how to become a RIBA member. 


By Alan Vallance, RIBA Chief Executive & Jane Duncan, RIBA President

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