BRR named a 2016 AIA Central States Region EP-Friendly Firm.

We’re proud to share that BRR has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region as a 2016 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm!

The Emerging Professional, or ‘EP’, Friendly Firm program recognizes architecture firms in AIA’s Central States Region (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma) that display an outstanding commitment to the development of their EP staff. An EP is defined by the AIA as a student, recent graduate, or architect that has been licensed within the last 10 years.

Nearly half of BRR’s 250 team members are EPs, and the firm offers multiple resources as part of an internal Architectural Experience Program (AXP) to provide professional development opportunities and support. For team members pursuing their architecture license, BRR provides current study materials and practice tests, full reimbursement for all exams passed, in addition to one “mulligan” for the Architectural Registration Exam, as well subscriptions to any cloud-based practice programs, and paid time off on exam days.

“As a recently-licensed architect, I felt that BRR was fully committed to my success,” said Meg Olson, a project architect who is also part of BRR’s internal AXP Leadership Team. “When I was testing, I reviewed my ARE schedule with my Principal-in-Charge, and he regularly encouraged me to stay on track. It was also extremely helpful that BRR provided all the resources I needed to pass the exams, and worked with me to complete my AXP hours quickly.”

Outside of resources specific to licensure, some of BRR’s efforts to support EPs include an annual Architectural Summer Series consisting of nine sessions covering topics related to the business and practice of architecture. Additionally, the firm’s mentorship program connects EPs with experienced staff members. Financial support is also provided for team members to attend industry conferences throughout the year.

The EP-Friendly Firm title is not a new one to BRR. Over the last decade, the firm has been recognized multiple times at both regional and national levels for professional development initiatives. Similar awards or designations BRR has received include the AIA IDP (now AXP) Outstanding Firm, AIA IDP Firm, AIA Central States Intern-Friendly Firm, and AIA Kansas City Intern-Friendly Firm. BRR also received this same