Breaking Out of the Box: A Designer’s Guide to Leadership

Be empowered to design & follow your unique growth-oriented career path.


As an emerging architect, you have the design skills to enjoy a long and successful career. But are your long-term career goals designed with an eye toward growth?

This course provides insight into practice-oriented strategies that assist with networking, leadership, branding, and innovation, as well as instruction on self-assessing and evaluating educational assets, professional goals, passions, strengths, and weaknesses. You will learn how architects take on essential multidisciplinary roles through a discussion of how the designer's skillset is highly adaptable as a problem-solving tool. You'll also be exposed to methods of gaining and legitimizing your experience through public speaking, teaching, research, and publishing.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the importance of “big-picture” understanding as a means of effectively fulfilling project roles, managing expectations, ideation and innovation.
  • Describe how design skills empower young professionals to identify opportunities and capitalize on growth within competitive environments.
  • Define the value of cultivating in-network and out-of-network connections through exposure to professional networking.
  • Identify key creative strategies in educational awareness and professional recognition, which directly contribute to skill relevance and experience legitimization.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • RIBA


  • Ricardo J. Rodriguez

    Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Associate, WDG Interior Architecture

    Ricardo grew up surrounded by colonial architecture in San Germán, Puerto Rico, the Island’s second...