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IDP Firm Awards Program

Since 1991, the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program, administered by the NCARB/AIA Internship Advisory Committee (IAC), 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.





Download the full guidelines (PDF) and determine whether your firm prefers to apply for the IDP Firm Award or the IDP Outstanding Firm Award for 2014-2017.


After reviewing the above guidelines, download the application for the award which your firm has chosen to apply:

Each application form can be locally saved to your computer, printed for review, and edited multiple times before final submission.

Application submission deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014.


Submission can occur one of two ways:

• Click on “Submit Form” in upper right hand corner. The document will prompt you with a window requesting your email address and name. You will then be asked to select which email client you would prefer to use to send the document. Please check your “Sent Mail” folder to confirm that the document has been sent.

• Email your completed form to directly using your preferred email client.

When signing the document, a digital signature must be used. The document can be signed by simply clicking on the signature box and using an existing digital signature or by following the prompts to create a new (free) digital signature. When saving the document (as the digital signature feature prompts you to do), please title the document as listed below.

Submissions should be sent as one (1) file (with any supporting materials added to the document following the completed form), titled as 2014-2017_FirmName.pdf, and may not exceed 5MB. If you need assistance with any step of the application process, please email

Application submission deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014.

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 2012-2015 IDP Firm Award. Do we need to apply for the 2014-2017 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. If your firm is preparing a submission, make sure the criteria have not changed. The IAC may update the criteria 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.

Press Release:

2012-2015 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

2011-2014 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

IDP Outstanding Firm Award Recipients

(Award recipients listed alphabetically)




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


BLDD Architects, Inc., Decatur, IL

BRR Architecture, Inc., Merriam, KS

Clark Nexsen, Norfolk, VA

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, LA

Scott&Goble Architects, Tulsa, OK

Seay, Seay, & Litchfield, Montgomery, AL


Gensler, Washington, DC

M+W U.S., Inc, Chicago, IL

Richard Wittschiebe Hand , Atlanta, GA

Press Release:

2012-2015 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

2011-2014 IDP Firm Awards Program Press Release

IDP Firm Award Recipients

(Award recipients listed alphabetically)




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


Blitch Knevel Architects, New Orleans, LA

BRR Architecture, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Bentonville, AR;

Darden Architects, Inc., Fresno, CA

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

Trivers Associates, St. Louis, MO


BBH Design, Raleigh, NC

BLTa Architects, Philadelphia, PA

Dalpos Architects & Integrators, Syracuse, NY

The Design Partnership LLP, San Francisco, CA

DLR Group, Phoenix, AZ

English + Associates Architects, Inc., Houston, TX

FKP Architects, Houston, TX

GUND Partnership, Cambridge, MA

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., Lubbock, TX

Yost Grube Hall Architecture, Portland, OR


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