The AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm program aims to identify firm initiatives that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities. The accuracy of the data reported through this questionnaire benefits firms, firm leadership and Emerging Professionals.

This program has an ability to attract and retain employees by sending a message to current employees, future employees, and other regional firms that the firm has evaluated their policies from an emerging professional lens, the firm recognizes emerging professionals at their firm, and the firm values Emerging Professionals development to sustain the future growth of their practice. For firm leaders, the infographics created from the data collection enables leadership to compare their firm policies and professional development opportunities with other firms in the region. For an Emerging Professional, the designation can help identify firms in the region that will support their growth (in a multitude of ways) while the infographic results provide them with reference regional statistics when negotiating, looking for a new job, or creating change within their current office.

The 2021 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Survey is officially open!

At least one emerging professional and at least one firm principal should sit down and fill out the following survey together. The emerging professional should have a strong understanding of firm policies and a working knowledge of their peers status with NCARB’s AXP program.  The following questions are intended to be the framework and documentation of that conversation. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the survey.

In order for the survey results to be valid, one firm principal and one emerging professional will provide their contact and firm information at the end of the survey.  One submission per firm.

The survey will close on November 14, 2021 at 8 pm.

Definition: An Emerging Professional (EP) is defined by the AIA as the diverse group of individuals who are recently licensed or moving along various points on the path to licensure.  This includes students, recent graduates, candidates on the path to licensure, and architects licensed 10 years or less.  For this survey, consider a recent graduate as an individual within zero to two years of receiving a degree.

2021 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Survey

2020 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firms:

On behalf of the 2020-2021 Young Architects Regional Director of New England, Caitlin Osepchuk AIA, and the 2019-2020 Regional Associate Director of New England, Gail Kubik Assoc. AIA, we would like to thank the 31 firms that submitted to the 2020 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Program. For this survey, firms responded to questions referencing only their New England locations, if more than one office exists. Small firms are considered 1 to 9 employees, medium firms have 10 to 49 employees, and large firms employee 50+ employees.

The 29 firms awarded the designation AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm for 2020 are listed below. You can watch the awarding of the 2020 Emerging Professional Friendly Firms designation on You Tube.
(Past infographics documents: 2018 Results | 2019 Results)

Small firms (1-9 employees)

  1. J P Franzen Associates Architects PC / AIA Connecticut
  2. Marinelli Architects + Planners llc / AIA Connecticut
  3. Berkshire Design Inc. / AIA Western Massachusetts
  4. Lassel Architects PA / AIA Maine
  5. Atelier Cho Thompson / AIA Connecticut

Medium firms (10-49 employees)

  1. Whitten Architects / AIA Maine
  2. WBRC Architects Engineers / AIA Maine
  3. Bruner/Cott Architects / BSA
  4. Svigals + Partners Architects / AIA Connecticut
  5. DBVW Architects, Inc. / AIA Rhode Island
  6. CHA Architecture PC / AIA Maine
  7. E4H Environmentals for Health Architecture / AIA Vermont
  8. Union Studio Architecture and Community Design / AIA Rhode Island
  9. Freeman French Freeman / AIA Vermont
  10. Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects Inc. / BSA
  11. Vision 3 Architects / AIA Rhode Island
  12. Kaplan Thompson Architects / AIA Maine
  13. Gund Partnership / BSA
  14. Dietz & Company Architects / AIA Western Massachusetts
  15. Davis Square Architects / BSA
  16. Isgenuity / BSA

Large firms (50+ employees)

  1. CambridgeSeven / BSA
  2. Dyer Brown Architects / BSA
  3. DiMella Shaffer Associates, Inc. / BSA
  4. Payette Associates / BSA
  5. Pickard Chilton / AIA Connecticut
  6. Arrowstreet / BSA
  7. Wood Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. / AIA Maine
  8. The SLAM Collaborative / AIA Connecticut