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Svigals + Partners Awarded

Seated in the front row are the partners (from left) Bob Skolozdra, Jay Brotman, and Chris Bockstael. / All photos courtesy of Svigals + Partners

New Haven, CT – Svigals + Partners has been named a 2019 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England.

This award, sponsored by AIA New England’s young architect regional director and regional associates director, recognizes firms in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont “that display an outstanding commitment to the development of their Emerging Professional staff.”

Svigals + Partners designers

Emerging Professionals, or EPs, are defined by the AIA as a diverse group of individuals recently licensed or moving along various points on the path to licensure. This includes students, recent graduates, candidates on the path to licensure, and architects licensed 10 years or fewer.

Katelyn Chapin, AIA, leads a KidsBuild! session for grade school students.

Svigals + Partners offers unique opportunities to its emerging staff, such as involvement in all aspects of the design process, the ability to contribute to office policy and firmwide strategic initiatives, support with the Architecture Experience Program (AXP) and Architect Registration Examination (ARE), and underwriting of involvement in professional organizations.

Katelyn Chapin, AIA, a project architect at Svigals + Partners and New England’s young architect regional director (YARD), implemented the regional program to equip both emerging professionals and firm leadership with regional statistics to develop and enhance their firm policies and practice.

Chapin states, “This program has an ability to attract and retain employees by sending a message to current employees, future employees, and other regional firms that the firm has evaluated their policies from an Emerging Professional lens, the firm recognizes Emerging Professionals at their firm, and the firm values Emerging Professionals’ development to sustain the future growth of their practice.”

“We’re proud to care for and nurture our young staff members who frequently bring innovative and fresh approaches to longstanding challenges,” says managing partner Jay Brotman, AIA. “We recognize they represent the strength of our future.”

Svigals + Partners has offered congratulations to all Emerging Professional Friendly Firms around the New England region and the United States.