AIA Cincinnati VISION is a program designed for emerging professional architects on established career tracks who want to gain the skills necessary to advance to higher levels within the architectural profession. The VISION Forum supports participants with programming that addresses professional advancement, firm development, and community outreach. Our participants will be the leadership of our future!




VISION’s continually evolving combination of keynote speakers and facilitators, accomplished professionals from both within and beyond architectural practice, and an innovative experiential curriculum will provide participants with the leadership and communication tools needed to develop professionally while enhancing leadership capabilities.


The VISION Curriculum is holistic:

  • Facing the challenges of living and practicing to leave a legacy, address industry trends, and grow business
  • Developing meaningful civic responsibility
  • Building professional skills – leadership development, business acumen, networking – and strengthening negotiating power
  • Sharing valuable business and life experiences with peers on the rise


Who Should Apply

VISION is designed for professionals of any age who have been licensed less than 12 years. Participants should be established in their careers and recognized as leaders with great potential within their practice. They should be interested in growing their innate leadership capabilities. Designed for accomplished leaders – managers, technicians, designers – the program will help refine leadership and communication skills for those advancing in both their professions and in the community.


Program Schedule

VISION runs for 11 months starting with a kick-off reception in October and concluding in September. We will not waste any time—VISION starts with (10) full-day facilitated curriculum sessions which will convene monthly in a variety of locations, including Cincinnati firms. Six to Seven supplementary keynote evening meetings in conjunction with AIA Chapter Meetings will take place at critical months in the architectural community’s calendar. The program also includes FAIA mentorship and many professional networking opportunities within the Cincinnati community.



The 2019 tuition for each participant is $3000. This includes all meals, facilities, materials, and scheduled VISION programs. Partial and full scholarships may be available for those with financial need.


Important Dates

Application Deadline
W October 23, 2019

Participant Deadline
F October 25, 2019

Kick-Off Event / Social
Tu October 29, 2019 @ 4pm-6pm (tentative)

First VISION Session
F November 15, 2019 (full day)



Apply Today

To apply to the 2020 VISION program, download both the application and reference forms below and return them as an email attachment to


VISION 2020 Application (Download in Word)


VISION 2020 Reference Form (Download in Word)