Michael Nelson Completes AIA Minnesota’s Leadership FORUM Program

Michael Nelson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, architect and project manager in HDR’s Minneapolis architecture studio, was one of only 16 people selected to participate in the 2016 AIA Minnesota Leadership FORUM program.

Designed for AIA Minnesota member architects with 10 years of career experience, the FORUM program was created to foster and develop leadership skills. Through expert speakers, lectures and small group discussions and exercises, its mission is to assist participants with strengthening their role in leadership in community involvement, government, professional practice, business development and mentorship.

Michael attended sessions on leadership styles, the impact of personality type on leadership, communication, motivation, trends and knowing when and how to lead. “Going into the program, I had a preconception of what it meant to be a leader,” Michael says. “But as I worked through the forum, I came to understand that leadership is necessary at all levels throughout our careers. I also learned how different personalities practice leadership and how they inspire others to follow and work with them.”

With HDR for six years, Michael brings healthcare projects to successful completion by creating document sets and managing project delivery. With experience on a broad range of project and construction types, he has most recently developed documents on a large addition to a hospital in Wisconsin; is conducting construction contract administration at a major medical institution in Rochester and at United Hospital Mother Baby Center in partnership with Allina Health and Children’s; and is developing construction documents for the renovation of a new office building.