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Learning from the 2007 IDP Outstanding Firm Award Recipients: Strategies for Firms in Support of Emerging Professionals

Podcast: 2008/7/22 - 15:37

Presenters: Alan Davis, AIA & Daryl Bray.

Interviewer: Markku Allison, AIA






Alan Davis, AIA, is an associate and project architect with Baskervill in Richmond, Va., one of the two recipients of the 2007 IDP Outstanding Firm Award. He joined Baskervill’s IDP group as a coordinator about three years ago, shortly after achieving licensure. The firm’s in-house IDP, officially created in 2004, has grown from three to 15 interns. Baskervill uses its strong community ties, client contacts, and resources to increase its interns’ involvement, making it one of the top firms in the region for intern training experience.

Daryl Bray, AIA, is a principal at Scott & Goble Architects in Tulsa, the other 2007 IDP Outstanding Firm Award recipient. He has been Oklahoma’s IDP State Coordinator for the past four years. He initiated an in-house mentoring program for SGA interns in 2002 and, working from that successful model, established a statewide Mentoring Network and Intern-Friendly Firm Initiative in Oklahoma in 2005—when SGA was also named the first “AIA Oklahoma Intern-Friendly Firm.” Daryl recently joined the Emerging Professionals Task Force in the AIA Central States Region and served in 2005 and 2006 on the AIA Eastern Oklahoma Board.

The IDP Outstanding Firm Award was established in 1991 by the IDP Coordinating Committee to recognize firms that demonstrate outstanding support to interns by providing and encouraging comprehensive training opportunities, mentoring, implementing continuing education programs, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the IDP.

In this podcast, we speak with architects from the 2007 IDP Outstanding Firm Award recipients about how their firms support interns and how firms of all sizes can implement similar strategies.

Since its founding in 1995, the staff of Scott & Goble Architects (SGA) has grown from 3 to 88 employees. SGA has worked with several of the largest nationally known retail clients. Having been named the first AIA Oklahoma Intern-Friendly Firm in 2005, SGA was ranked 7th in the nation, through an October 2006 ZweigWhite survey, as the Best Architecture Firm to Work For based on its commitment to a positive work environment and challenging and interesting design opportunities for employees. SGA's IDP training helps formalize its efforts to introduce new interns to SGA's preferred methods, processes, and culture. SGA's IDP graduates are loyal, develop solid client relationships, and perpetuate the high standards established by the profession.

Founded in 1897, Baskervill is a full-service architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. Headquartered in Richmond, Baskervill is the oldest architecture and engineering firm in Virginia. Baskervill has received awards from the AIA James River Chapter and the American Society of Interior Designers. Baskervill's experience includes working with a wide range of corporations and businesses, including many listed with the Fortune 500, in the fields of corporate office, hospitality, health care, retail, financial, and industrial services.



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