The development of budding talent is vital to securing the future of architecture. Take some tips from firms going the extra mile to ensure their emerging designers stay and thrive.
By Alice Liao
Success in any field requires taking ownership of one’s own career. Firms can help; many invest in the enrichment of emerging talent, which is vital to sustaining the architectural profession. Here are a few ways firms are encouraging nascent designers to stay and thrive.
Assist in the Licensure Process
Recognizing that time and cost are obstacles to achieving licensure, firms are creating opportunities to help designers fulfill Intern Development Program requirements, assist with exam preparation, and provide financial incentives. At New Orleans–based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, employees have access to a library of resources, are supported by a licensing adviser, and receive reimbursements for each exam division they pass and a bonus once they’re licensed.
Educational programs allow budding architects to enhance their skill set. Each quarter, Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects’ eponymous EUA University administers 15 to 18 courses taught on-site by internal staff and external trainers on topics from Revit to project management to presentation techniques. The firm budgets 40 to 50 hours of training per employee per year. “The training hours are not mandatory, but highly encouraged for growth and development,” said Bob Norman, EUA associate and human resources director.
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