AIA Selects Recipients of Intern Development Program Outstanding Firms Awards


Washington, D.C. – November 15, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC) has selected eight architecture firms as recipients of the 2012-2015 Intern Development Program (IDP) Outstanding Firm Award. The firms have not only satisfied the requirements for recognition with the IDP Firm Award, but have demonstrated a deep commitment to the program by going above and beyond the baseline criteria and demonstrating innovation in their commitment to the IDP.

The 2012-2015 IDP Outstanding Firm Award recipients include the following firms:

SOM, Chicago; The Freelon Group Architects, Durham, North Carolina; The Cuningham Group, Minneapolis; Wiley|Wilson, Richmond, Virginia and the Albany, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City offices of EYP.

The IDPAC has also named 11 recipients for the 2012-2015 IDP Firm Award: Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; BBH Design, Raleigh, North Carolina; IKM Inc., Pittsburgh; McKinney York Architects, Austin, Texas; STOA Architects, Pensacola, Florida; ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, Oregon; Mancini Duffy, New York and the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania offices of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

The Jury
The 2012 jury included representatives from the various organizations participating in the IDP Advisory Committee. The IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the IDP Firm Award are part of the IDP Firm Awards Program, which aims to honor not only the firms with the most remarkable dedication to the IDP, but also those who meet baseline criteria in their dedication to the IDP. Submissions for the program are accepted on an annual basis, with submission deadlines occurring in the fall. Recipients maintain their award for three years. They are presented with virtual medallions for placement on their websites and are recognized at the annual AIA National Convention. For more information on the awards program, please visit the IDP Firm Awards Program website at

About IDP
The Intern Development Program started in 1976 as a pilot program developed by the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards to ensure the continued support of interns by the changing profession of architecture. IDP is a profession-wide, comprehensive training program that is focused on the professional development of architectural interns. Through a series of required activities, IDP enables participants to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that form the core competencies related to successful architectural practice. IDP is structured in a way that effectively responds to the training needs of architectural interns by providing a wide range of resources, established progressive benchmarks, advice and mentor guidance throughout the extensive internship process.

About the IDPAC
The IDP Advisory Committee exists as a joint NCARB/AIA advisory committee to NCARB and AIA on matters relating to improving the Intern Development Program. The IDPAC was formed to bring representatives of appropriate architectural stakeholder organizations together to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern regarding the Intern Development Program. The IDPAC is co-chaired by a member of each organization’s Board of Directors and committee membership consists of thirteen members and two staff representatives; appointments are made by NCARB/AIA consent and currently include two at-large intern representatives and representatives from the following stakeholder groups: the American Institute of Architecture Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools or Architecture, the AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives, the NCARB Member Board Executives, and the Society of Design Administrators. All reports, recommendations, etc., made by or on behalf of the IDPAC are advisory only to the Boards of Directors of the AIA and NCARB. Learn more at

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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