The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, or CKLDP, is a program first established by the AIA DC to train, nurture, and develop the next generation of leaders in the field of architecture. Seven Generations A+E is excited to announce that one of our own, Sanda Khumalo, is part of the CKLDP Class of 2022, organized by AIA Detroit!

Sanda, an architectural associate at 7GAE, first heard of the program’s Detroit location through an ARE study group. He applied and was accepted into the 15-person cohort for 2022. His program kicked off in September with a boot camp, which establishes the foundation for an additional eight sessions providing a thorough understanding of the architectural field from various perspectives. The first two sessions focused on working together and engaging with the community. The third session, coordinated by Sanda and two members of his cohort from the AIA New Mexico Chapter, will focus on entrepreneurship and professional practice management. Future sessions cover topics ranging from industry trends and client development to the art of negotiation and leadership.


CKLDP Session Entrepreneurship

“This program shows just how many careers exist in the field of architecture,” says Sanda. “It’s interesting to see just how complex the business of architecture is.” Sanda is especially interested in the topics of diversity and inclusion and appreciates the diversity found in the panelists as well as in this year’s class of participants.

7GAE is thrilled for Sanda and this opportunity. As a show of support and commitment to the program, 7GAE is sponsoring an upcoming CKLDP session. This sponsorship defrays the costs of expenses like guest speakers and supporting materials. We are honored to support such a great program led by AIA Detroit and show our enthusiasm for Sanda and his work leading and organizing the upcoming session.

The CKLDP is named after Christopher Kelly, AIA, who was an active member of the DC community of architects and passed away in 2012. Christopher was a leader for young professionals, and this program honors his legacy and work in developing architects.