Firm is one of three in nation to receive honor
PORTLAND, Maine – December 10, 2015 – Harriman, an architecture and engineering firm with offices in Portland and Auburn, Maine, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts announced today it has been selected as one of three national firms to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Internship Advisory Committee (IAC) 2015-2018 Firm Award. This award was given to the Portland, Maine studio where, true to its culture and the award program requirements, Harriman demonstrated a deep commitment to the Internship Development Program (IDP) by going above and beyond the baseline criteria, and demonstrating innovation in its commitment to the program.
Harriman has an established culture in which licensed architects mentor interns both within the firm and in the surrounding architectural community. Internally, Harriman actively supports mentorship and education by staffing projects with development opportunities for interns. Interns are paired with a licensed architect and assigned to projects in which they can be part of the entire scope. This allows interns and mentors to share a full project experience and learn each aspect of the profession. Harriman also facilitates “Building Bites” seminars in which interns and architects are asked to present a topic of interest to the firm, which enables them to work together on non-client-related architecture projects. In addition, Harriman donates office space and time to run the free AIA Maine Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Study Material Library, and hosts events for interns, mentors and supervisors surrounding licensure.
“Harriman has demonstrated a responsibility to making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture,” said Matthew Hart, AIA, AIA co-chair on the Intern Advisory Committee. “The IAC would like to thank Harriman for supporting our emerging professionals through mentorship, training opportunities, and a commitment to the IDP program and the ARE.”
Harriman is a studio-based firm and offers many opportunities where interns can learn about aspects of architecture and the profession outside of the projects or studio to which the intern is assigned. It also regularly arranges walk-throughs of projects under construction to help interns gain hours towards their construction observation requirement. Harriman also advocates for interns to gain skills in leadership and service by supporting attendance at conferences, lectures, and volunteer opportunities, both after hours and during work, when appropriate. Harriman is committed to the ongoing education of all staff and regularly invites speakers for lunch and learn presentations in which interns and architects can learn about various topics including building systems, sustainability, and current code compliance.
The 2015 jury included representatives from the various organizations participating in the Internship 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. Recipients maintain their award for three years.
For more than a century, Harriman has designed the buildings that represent what is important and special about communities throughout New England. An architecture and engineering firm founded in 1870, we work with clients in the education, healthcare, government, corporate, and retail sectors transforming vision to reality. Harriman pursues creative partnerships to design relevant and innovative solutions to human needs. Our work is based on the belief that design is a collaborative human endeavor centered on knowledge, ingenuity, and beauty. Through practicing the art of architecture and the science of engineering, we create environments that honor context, embrace wisdom, and enhance well-being. For more information, please visit https://www.harriman.com.
About the IAC
The IAC 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 IAC consists of thirteen members and two staff representatives; appointments are made by NCARB/AIA consent and currently includes 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.
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.
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.