Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Program

The 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.

An Emerging Professional (EP) is defined by the AIA as professionals who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies. For responses to this survey, also include students and architects licensed 10 years or less.

Firms meeting the qualifications for this award will be notified by email.  The awards will be honored at the 2022 New England Architecture Awards ceremony on Saturday, October 1, 2022, hosted by AIA Rhode Island – https://birdease.com/2022NEArchAwards

Firms will be sent the 2022 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm logo to highlight the firm’s commitment to Emerging Professionals after the awards ceremony.  This award is valid for one year, after which firms may reapply for the annual designation. 

This award is being sponsored by New England’s AIA Components.  A committee will review survey responses and award ‘Emerging Professional Friendly’ status to firms who display an outstanding commitment to the development of their Emerging Professional staff. 

Please use the contact form if you have questions regarding the 2022 New England AIA Components Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Awards. The contact form and information on last year’s program and results can be found here: http://aianewengland.org/ep-friendly-firm-awards/.

Survey Closed September 16th


  • At least one Emerging Professional and at least one firm principal should sit down and fill out the survey together.
  • An Emerging Professional (EP) is defined by the AIA as professionals who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies. For responses to this survey, also include students and architects licensed 10 years or less. 
  • The Emerging Professional should have a strong understanding of firm policies and a working knowledge of their peer’s status with NCARB’s AXP program.  The questions are intended to be the framework and documentation of that conversation.
  • Please include part-time and full-time staff in your responses in the survey.
  • Please allow 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 on the end of the survey.
  • One submission per firm.

Questions? Use the contact form below.

2021 AIA Emerging Professional Friendly Firms in New England

The 2021 survey has concluded. Surveys were completed by at least one emerging professional and at least one firm principal.
The following firms were designated as a 2021 EPN Friendly Firm:

Amenta Emma Architects
Ann Beha Architects
Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects
Bergmeyer Associates
Berkshire Design Inc
Bruner/ Cott ArchitectsPhase Zero Design
Centerbrook Architects and Planners LLP
Dietz and Company Architects
DiMella Shaffer Associates
GUND Partnership
H. L. Turner Group
HMFH Architects
ICON ArchitecturePatriquin Architects
Integrated Design & Construction
JP Franzen Assoc. Architects PC
Kuhn Riddle Architects
Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects
Patriquin Architects
Pickard Chilton
QA+M Architecture
Robert Dean Architects
Ruhl Studio Architects
SLAM Collaborative
Studio G Architects
Svigals + Partners
Union Studio
Vision 3 Architects
Whitten Architects
Wilson Butler Architects

New England 2020 AIA Emerging Professional Friendly Firms

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)

Arrowstreet / BSA
Atelier Cho Thompson / AIA Connecticut
Berkshire Design Inc. / AIA Western Massachusetts
Bruner/Cott Architects / BSA
CambridgeSeven / BSA
CHA Architecture PC / AIA Maine
Davis Square Architects / BSA
DBVW Architects, Inc. / AIA Rhode Island
Dietz & Company Architects / AIA Western Massachusetts
DiMella Shaffer Associates, Inc. / BSA
Dyer Brown Architects / BSA
E4H Environmentals for Health Architecture / AIA Vermont
Freeman French Freeman / AIA Vermont
Gund Partnership / BSA
Isgenuity / BSA
JP Franzen Associates Architects PC / AIA Connecticut
Kaplan Thompson Architects / AIA Maine
Lassel Architects PA / AIA Maine
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects Inc. / BSA
Marinelli Architects + Planners llc / AIA Connecticut
Payette Associates / BSA
Pickard Chilton / AIA Connecticut
Svigals + Partners Architects / AIA Connecticut
The SLAM Collaborative / AIA Connecticut
Union Studio Architecture and Community Design / AIA Rhode Island
Vision 3 Architects / AIA Rhode Island
WBRC Architects Engineers / AIA Maine
Whitten Architects / AIA Maine
Wood Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. / AIA Maine