Young AEC Professionals Institute (YAECPI) 2024

Young AEC Professionals Institute (YAECPI) 2024

The Need. Early in your AEC career, You don’t need another degree but you do need serious exposure, training and development --- and that’s exactly what YAECPI delivers.

Guest Instructors. 10+ guest instructors - architects, contractors, engineers, owner/clients - assist in teaching and leading small breakout group discussions. You connect and engage with them to explore the issues and ideas most important to you.

Hybrid Learning Mixes Online and In-Person Sessions. Two sessions are In-Person; two other sessions are Hosted Online – Online for the learning content, followed by Hosted discussion and networking.

Group Projects. Introduced YAECPI participants work on Group Projects in small, mixed- profession groups.  They have exceeded our expectations for delivering valuable hands-on learning and in-depth relationship building. You can view and read the YAECPI 2023 Group Projects – videos, blog posts, and podcast at

Enroll now to reserve your place for YAECPI 2024. First session is January 25, 1-4 PM EST.

AIA San Francisco members, other California architects and AEC Young Professionals from other states should enroll by email to YAECPI Program Director William Ronco at Include your name, job title, company, address, email and phone number. Dr. Ronco will email an invoice and pre-work information for the Jan 25 first session.

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January 25

Accelerating Your AEC Career.
Clarifying your goals, building habits to fully achieve them.  Recognizing your strengths; addressing your weaknesses.  The 4 keys for long term AEC success.

Guest Instructors

Marc Truant, MIR
Sarah Lindenfeld, Payette

Online Hosted: Payette

February 8

What Clients Really Want.
Young AEC professionals’ special dilemmas and problems for building client relationships. How to increase client satisfaction and repeat business.  What clients care about most in 2024.

Guest Instructors
Marc Truant, MIT
Maggie O'Toole, Lab Central
Janet Chrisos, MSCBA
Jonathan Hayward, Mass General Brigham

Online Hosted: Lab Central

February 22

Managing Finances.
Increasing project cost controls and profit.  Spotting, addressing project financial problems quickly. Company finances, your role and impact as a young AEC professional.

Guest Instructors
Mike Glynn, Glynn Electric
Jeremy Oberc, Pacific Horizon Partners LLC

Online Hosted: Perkins Will

March 7

HR Issues, Opportunities.
HR core knowledge young professionals must have:  legal rights, boundaries, risks.  Why and how to ask for raise. Getting the most from your performance appraisal. and mentoring.

Guest Instructors
Jess Smith, Bergmeyer
Cherie Comeau, Consigli
Diana Hasan, CE Floyd

Online Hosted: Consigli

March 21

Improving Writing Skills: From Emails to Blogs.
Increasing your email writing speed, clarity and impact. Understanding, using "lead paragraphs" to organize complex emails.   Why you should write blog posts.  4 steps to writing a compelling blog.

Guest Instructors
Chris Floyd, CE Floyd
Architect TBD

Online Hosted: Commodore Builders

April 4

Building High Performing AEC Teams.
Why and how to lead meetings so every person participates. Improving group Psychological Safety Building high performing AEC teams: the 4 key skills.

Guest Instructors
Bill Aalerud, Columbia Construction
Jason Nicastro, Isgenuity

In Person: Columbia Construction

April 18

Leading Change.

The 5 major AEC changes now and how they impact you.  Why and how Finland excels with AEC innovation. 7 reasons why people resist change.  How, why to initiate change from any position in the organization.

Guest Instructors
Siggy Pfendler, Columbia Construction
Shawn Guertin, TG Gallagher
Aarni Heiskanen, AE Partners

Online Hosted: TG Gallagher Fabrication Shop

May 2

AEC Legal Issues and Ethical Dilemmas
4 guidelines for writing those “difficult” emails. Why and how to read your project contract. Top 10 issues that trigger AEC legal problems.

Guest Instructors
Alexandra Gordon, Esq, Hinckley Allen
Rebecca Raphaelson, Esq, Mintz

Online Hosted: Gilbane

May 16

Starting Strong With Marketing and BD.

Why, how to start strong with BD. 4 easy, effective BD t and marketing tasks.  Thought leader marketing – Why, how to develop a blog that people want to read.

Guest Instructors

Lisa Quackenbush, AEC Consulting
Karen Robichaud, KR Associates

Online Hosted: HGA

May 30

Mastering Key AEC Conversations.

Recognizing and breaking predictable destructive patterns. Getting beyond Yes. Negotiating to “win” vs. negotiating for 1+1=3 results.

Guest Instructors

Matthew Brett, Mass General Hospital

In Person: Commodore Builders

June 13

Me As Leader?

Using a 360 Leadership Survey to clarify your strengths and weaknesses.  Why, how to lead when you have less experience than others. Setting, achieving your key goals.

Guest Instructors

Dan Perruzzi, Margulies Perruzzi
Paula Buick, Walsh Brothers

Online Hosted: Walsh Brothers

June 27

Group Project Presentations.

YAECPI 2024 Project Groups present their topics, facilitate discussion with participants, discuss lessons learned, IMHOs and action steps.

Guest Instructors

Participants' invited colleagues, managers and clients

Online Hosted: Erland Construction

YAECPI enables you to:

-Take on new tasks and responsibilities

-Improve job performance and productivity

-Build productive relationships with peers and architects

-Increase the value you add to your company

-Accelerate your career development

YAECPI features:

-Hybrid learning includes online, in-person and hosted online

-Industry leader guest instructors

-No one-way lectures - small groups and hands-on learning

-Materials include “Smarter AEC Negotiating” online course

-Participant mix of architects, engineers and contractors

-Convenient scheduling 12 sessions January - September

Benefits and Outcomes for Participants

-Improved ability to add value in their company

-Increased skills taking on new, challenging tasks

-Increased performance and comfort in areas that matter most for the company’s performance

-Improved ability to develop strong relationships with clients

-Increased understanding and ability to connect with other disciplines in their own company

-Increased performance and comfort in marketing, business development and networking

-Development of essential skills, e.g. communicating, writing, presenting, managing projects, managing finances, marketing and business development

-Perspective resulting from interaction with peers and instructors

-Improved overall comfort and confidence

-Increased focus, job satisfaction and motivation resulting from all the above

Benefits and Outcomes for Companies

Organizations that sponsor participants also benefit from the program in several important ways:

-Improved retention and development of key talent

-Increased marketing and business development activity, visibility and success

-Improved morale, energy and motivation

-Access to innovations emerging new methods

-Fresh perspective on best practices being developed by other companies and industry experts

-Improved alignment with the company’s strategic plan

-Raised expectations for job performance and productivity from program participants

-Use of the program to strengthen the company’s efforts at mentoring and coaching

-Organization-wide improvement in communications between younger and more experienced employees

-Wider external recognition of the company as an Excellent Employer

Program Leadership

President of Gathering Pace, Inc., William Ronco, Ph.D., founded YAECPI 20+ years ago. He directs the program, partnering with AGC Massachusetts. Dr. Ronco also founded and directs the Young Designers Professional Institute, partnering with the Boston Society of Architects.

Dr. Ronco consults on strategy, leadership and partnering with design, engineering, owner / client, construction, biotech and science organizations.  He is author of The Partnering Solution (Career Press) and Partnering Manual for Design and Construction (McGraw-Hill). A former professor at Northeastern University, Dr. Ronco earned his B.A. at Rutgers University, his Ed.M. at Harvard and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Colin Milberg and Toni Loiacano assist with Institute leadership.  A founding partner of ASKM Consulting, Colin is a construction industry expert in lean methods, facilitation and change management.  He teaches in the AGC’s programs on Lean Construction.  Toni is a senior vice president at Cannon Design.   She has extensive experience and interest in mentoring, presenting new design concepts to client associations.