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Oct 28, 2014

O’Connell Robertson One of 16 Firms to Earn National Award for Architectural Intern Development Program


Austin and San Antonio, Texas — O’Connell Robertson was one of only 16 architectural firms in the nation and the only Texas firm to be recognized with a 2014-2017 Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award from the Internship Advisory Committee. The award recognizes firms that demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture. O’Connell Robertson was also the only Texas firm to receive a 2011-2014 IDP Firm Award.

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Austin and San Antonio, Texas — O’Connell Robertson was one of only 16 architectural firms in the nation and the only Texas firm to be recognized with a 2014-2017 Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award from the Internship Advisory Committee. The award recognizes firms that demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture. O’Connell Robertson was also the only Texas firm to receive a 2011-2014 IDP Firm Award.

O’Connell Robertson’s Intern Development Program is part of a comprehensive Staff Development Program that includes in-house monthly learning opportunities for all employees; a mandatory Mentorship Program for architectural interns, engineers-in-training, and individuals pursuing interior design registrations; regular meetings to encourage technical expertise in Building Information Modeling; and outside courses and on-the-job training. O’Connell Robertson has a Staff Development Committee comprised of a cross-section of the firm’s employees, which acts as a steering committee guiding all professional development and mentoring programs.

“We take seriously our commitment to provide our interns with the professional development, mentoring and resources they need to become licensed architects,” says Rick Burnight, AIA, O’Connell Robertson’s president/CEO. “We recognize the importance of our staff increasing their expertise to continue providing our clients with the most effective design solutions for each project mission.”

The Internship Advisory Committee is an advisory group of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Intern Development Program firms must meet criteria in the categories of mentoring, supervising, training, opportunities, commitment and support. Recipients maintain their award for three years. More information on this year’s IDP Firm awards is available at http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB104756.