We believe that Professional Development is a key component of a strong office culture, that it is beneficial to develop professional skills and encourage leadership development within the staff as a reflection of the value we see in them.
We are a community of architects and friends who enjoy what we do. Creative challenge and professional rewards are markers of our firm. The power of the collective is at the heart of our process. We build high caliber employees and architects through ongoing professional development and mentorship. Each project presents a new opportunity for exploration, relationships, and leaving the site and program improved.
We encourage staff involvement in organizations such as the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) as a way to gain a deeper understanding of the educational facility design market. We also maintain an active presence in professional organizations such as the Seattle and Southwest Washington chapters of the AIA, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the Cascadia Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
In 2016 we offered all staff the ability to participate in a multi-session leadership development course which focused on a number of personal and professional development aspects such as interpersonal communication, approaches to improving listening and communication, mental well being, and professional growth planning. We also instituted an incentive program for encouraging architectural interns to pursue licensure by reimbursing a significant portion of the testing fees.