Leadership for Architects

Take the RAIC’s custom-designed course for mid-career architects aiming to become managers, supervisors, and team leads.


Classes are limited to 30 participants. This course is offered in English.

RAIC’s Leadership for Architects

Whether you are a firm owner, team lead, project architect, or sole practitioner, leadership is integral to the success of projects, people, and business. Specifically designed for the RAIC, leadership expert Russell Pollard has built a custom, hands-on course geared towards the architect, engineering, and construction industries. Leadership for Architects is for mid-career architects aiming to become managers, supervisors, and team leads. 

During this two-day course, you will be taught tangible approaches to leadership, including bettering your communication, leveraging mentorship, giving feedback, conflict management, and relationship-building. You will also develop a leadership action plan that can be applied to your team, project or professional goals.

Why Leadership for Architects?

  • Reinvigorate the profile and voice of the architect as part of design and construction teams
  • Discover how your leadership style and values can specifically impact projects
  • Learn the techniques needed to bring projects, people, and businesses to success

Learning Outcomes

Following the Leadership for Architects course, you will be able to:

  • Improve communication skills to assert the importance of the architect’s role in project teams
  • Develop a stronger understanding of your own leadership strengths and identify opportunities to improve
  • Apply leadership frameworks at the team and practice levels
  • Understand the leaders’ role in the motivation and learning of team members
  • Analyze situations to understand what type of leadership is required to meet objectives
  • Identify how your leadership skills can improve creative teams and businesses
  • Describe what leadership means in the context of the architecture profession

Course Instructor

Russell Pollard, MBA Principal, Framework Leadership

Russell Pollard specializes in leadership and talent development. He has worked with architecture practices in Canada and the UK to improve their approaches to people and culture. He has developed Leadership for Architects for the RAIC; facilitated a workshop on promoting mentorship for the Society of Design Administration; and has spoken at the Alberta Association of Architects and at the Toronto Interior Design Show. Pollard serves on the board of the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Ontario as President-elect. 

Pollard holds a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Master of Business Administration and is pursuing a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion.


A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Coffee and tea will be served at morning and afternoon breaks.Please identify any special dietary accommodations at the time of registration.

Course dates

Calgary - January 24 to 25, 2020 Register Now

Edmonton - January 31 to February 1, 2020 Register Now

Montreal - March 27 to 28, 2020 Register Now

Regina - April 3 to 4, 2020 Register Now

Vancouver - May 1 to 2, 2020 Register Now

Toronto - June 12 to 14, 2020 Register Now

Victoria - August 28 to 29, 2020 Register Now

Halifax - September 18 to 19, 2020 Register Now

Toronto - December 4 to 5, 2020 Register Now

Classes are limited to 30 participants. This course is offered in English.