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IDP Firm Awards Program

Since 1991, the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program, administered jointly by the AIA and NCARB, has recognized firms who actively embrace the Intern Development Program (IDP) and demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture. In 2008, the program expanded to recognize “IDP Firms” that meet twelve essential criteria in the categories of Mentoring, Supervising, Training Opportunities, Commitment to IDP, and ARE Support. The IDP Outstanding Firm Award is reserved for firms who meet these essential criteria with excellence in these categories as well as demonstrate an “innovative” effort or outstanding practice in their efforts with the Intern Development Program.

The application period for the IDP Firm Awards Program is closed. Please check back in the summer of 2016.

Press Release:

2015-2018 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

2014-2017 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

IDP Outstanding Firm Award Recipients

(Award recipients listed alphabetically)




Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Forum Studio, St. Louis, MO

Hnedak Bobo Group, Memphis, TN


BLT Architects, Philadelphia, PA

Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, WI

Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, New Orleans, LA

Payette, Boston, MA

Seay, Seay, & Litchfield, Montgomery, AL

VOA Associates, Washington, DC


The Cuningham Group, Minneapolis, MN

EYP, Albany, NY; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Washington, D.C

The Freelon Group Architects, Durham, NC

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.; London; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Mumbai; Abu Dhabi

Wiley|Wilson, Richmond, VA

Press Release:

2015-2018 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

2014-2017 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

IDP Firm Award Recipients

(Award recipients listed alphabetically)




Harriman Associates, Portland, ME

Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI

STOA Architects, Pensacola, FL


Barcelon Jang Architecture, San Francisco, CA

Barham Architects, LLC, Tyler, TX

BLDD Architects, Inc., Decatur, IL

BWBR, Madison, WI, Saint Paul, MN

Darden Architects, Fresno, CA

Design Collaborative, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

Grimm + Parker Architects, Calverton, MD

Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd., Minneapolis, MN

Lionakis, Sacramento, CA

O’Connell Robertson, Austin TX; San Antonio, TX

Phillips|Sekanick Architects, Inc., Warren, OH

The Thrasher Group, Bridgeport, WV

Touchstone Architecture, Tallahassee, FL

Williams Blackstock Architecture, PC, Birmingham, AL


Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, SD

BBH Design, Raleigh, NC

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Wilkes-Barre, PA

IKM Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Mancini Duffy, New York, NY

McKinney York Architects, Austin, TX

STOA Architects, Pensacola, FL

ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, OR

Frequently Asked Questions



What is the difference between the IDP Firm Award and the IDP Outstanding Firm Award?

Recipients of the IDP Outstanding Firm Award go above and beyond the twelve criteria in their support of interns and IDP and complete the new category; Category 6: Innovation. Firms that receive the IDP Outstanding Firm Award increase their prestige, value, and distinction amongst peers during the designation period. The IDP Outstanding Firm Award also demonstrates a positive firm culture and enhances employee attraction and retention.

Our firm does not have information to submit for Category 6: Innovation.
Which award should we apply for?

You may apply for the IDP Firm Award by verifying compliance with Categories 1-5 only.

Can we submit one application for all the locations of our firm?

No. Separate applications must be submitted for each office location.

Our firm received a 2014-2017 IDP Firm Award. Do we need to apply for the 2015-2018 IDP Firm Award?

No. Award duration is listed in the award title your firm has received. Firms need only to reapply in the final year of the award duration.

Can my firm apply for the IDP Outstanding Firm Award on our first submission?

Absolutely. The jury may decide to confer the IDP Outstanding Firm Award to your firm. They may see room for growth and choose to confer the IDP Firm Award. It is possible they will not see evidence of the required criteria, so please be as specific and inclusive as possible in regard to your firms programming.

If my firm has been awarded the IDP Firm Award, when can we apply for the IDP Outstanding Firm Award?

Firms are always eligible to apply for the IDP Outstanding Firm Award. Submissions are accepted in the fall each year.

Is there a required waiting period between submissions?

No. Your firm may reapply and be reviewed at the next jury. It will be important to demonstrate changes in your program through your new submission.

Some of our interns don’t want to become licensed architects. Do we still have to enroll them in the IDP?

To qualify for the award, 100 percent of your interns must be enrolled in IDP.

Interns who, at the time you compile your awards entry, say that they do not want to pursue licensure may change their mind later in their career. If you have not enrolled them in the IDP they will be forced to start from scratch, even if they have worked in the industry for many years.

It is for this reason that the award guidelines require all interns in the firm to be enrolled in the IDP. Firms who do not meet this requirement will not be considered for the awards. We suggest that the firms in this situation institute a plan to enroll all of their interns in the IDP and apply after such time.


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