DALLAS, TX/SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 17, 2011) – AIA Dallas and aec Knowledge announce a new partnership to provide online continuing education courses for credits by AIA and other professional organizations. The first of these online courses—a six-part series on Leadership Effectiveness featuring Peter A. De Lisle PhD, Professor of Leadership Studies, Austin College, and consultant to AIA Dallas—offer firm managers and emerging professionals in the AEC industry a convenient and affordable online platform to develop advanced leadership skills while earning AIA Learning Units.

The high-quality, video courses offer distilled, engaging and practical content that is available 24/7 and presented by one of the nation’s top thought leaders. “We wanted to replicate the quality and value of an in-person course in a sophisticated, easy-to-use online environment for those who can’t attend our events,” says Paul Pascarelli, Commissioner of Education, AIA Dallas. “The Emerging Leaders program has been so successful that we want to share the message with design professionals everywhere. And Pete DeLisle is a master on this subject and one of our most popular instructors.” says Pascarelli.

Based on AIA Dallas’s award winning and highly successful Emerging Leaders series, the courses offer valuable and practical insights into leadership behaviors, interpersonal skills and problem solving techniques that can be immediately applied to one’s own practice, regardless of the viewer’s level of experience. Each course is approved for 1 AIA CES learning unit and is peer-reviewed to deliver concise, relevant and unbiased knowledge. The courses can be purchased individually or at a discount for the series with additional discounts given to AIA members. “The courses build upon one another to create a comprehensive curriculum for principals, project leaders and emerging professionals. It’s truly innovative material that is not otherwise available to most design professionals.” stated Sheila Kleinpeter, AIA, Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee.

Detailed course information can be found at Dallas. The courses are:

  • Leadership: An Introduction to Influence and Effectiveness
  • Performance Development: Developing Self-Organizing and Self-Managing Professionals
  • Performance Development: Competency Models and Developing Professional Mastery
  • Innovation and Problem-Solving: Cognitive Styles and Climates for Creativity
  • Interdependency and Teams
  • Leadership: Conflict Redefined

Upon successful completion, online viewers receive a Certificate of Completion and their learning units are directly reported to AIA. Additional materials, including written transcripts, course descriptions, learning objectives and presenter biographies, are also available.

About AIA Dallas

AIA Dallas, the seventh largest AIA Chapter in the U.S., encourages, promotes, advances and coordinates efforts to uphold the highest standards of the architectural profession in the community, while creating positive change through design. AIA Dallas has a membership base of more than 2,000 members and 300 architectural firms. More information about AIA Dallas can be found online at

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About aecKnowledge

aec Knowledge, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an established web-based, peer-reviewed knowledge sharing platform for the AEC industries. aec Knowledge enables members of the architecture, engineering, construction and land use planning industries to instantly, simply and seamlessly share unbiased knowledge and to leverage their collective intellectual capital. With a mission to transform how design and construction professionals throughout the AEC industries collaborate with and learn from each other, aec Knowledge targets the over 6 million professionals and tradespersons throughout the highly-fragmented AEC industry, and provides a venue for allied professionals and knowledge providers to strengthen their presence throughout the AEC industry.

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