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.

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.

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.

The 29 firms awarded the designation AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm for 2020 are listed below. Infographic results of this year’s program will be available soon. We look forward to offering this program in 2021 and encourage all AIA New England firms to apply late summer/early fall next year.

You can watch the awarding of the 2020 Emerging Professional Friendly Firms designation on You Tube.

(Past infographics documents: 2018 Results | 2019 Results)

2020 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firms:

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