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  • 1.  Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-09-2023 07:53 AM

    Architects whose practices do not pay interns and/or offer unpaid positions should not be eligible to receive design awards or any other professional recognition at any level: national/state/local.  For some awards/recognitions the AIA, at the national level, currently has self-declaration forms stating applicants participate in practices where interns receive payment.  This should also be required at the state and local component levels.  However, is that still enough to ensure firms are following this criteria?  



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    Jaime E. Sobrino, FAIA, PMP, LEED AP
    PMKC Advisory Group Member
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  • 2.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-10-2023 08:53 PM

    One step further: should firms who have unpaid positions be able to be AIA members at all? 



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    Kyle Kutz AIA
    Green Canopy Node
    Seattle WA
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  • 3.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-11-2023 05:35 PM

    Absolutely NOT!! 

     

    Even to have unpaid positions is just wrong on so many levels, let alone to receive AIA awards.

     

    Sincerely,

    Klindt Breckenridge

     

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  • 4.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-11-2023 06:20 PM
    Several excellent points have been raised regarding unpaid internships. A review of the AIA Code of Conduct / Ethics will reveal that unpaid internships and engagement of students without compensation or school credits are unacceptable. If a member is not adhering to those standards they can be disciplined if a complaint is filed found to be true after an investigation by the Ethics Council. Please remember that AIA is an organization of members rather than firms. Disciplinary actions involve an individual member.

    When accepting an appointment to a national committee or jury a candidate is not confirmed until they have attested they do not engaged unpaid interns. That is also the case for applicants to national Honors & Awards Programs.

    Hopefully these comments shed some additional light on the values the AIA believes in and the expectations of our members behavior.

    RK Stewart FAIA
    2007 AIA President
    rk@rkstewartconsultants.com
    Salt Lake City, UT


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  • 5.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-11-2023 07:51 PM
    No

    All the BEST!
    Joey


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  • 6.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-11-2023 03:56 AM

    I agree with the comments about eligibility for awards made by Mr. Sobrino.

     

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  • 7.  RE: Eligibility for Awards and or Recognitions based on Ethical Business Practices

    Posted 05-15-2023 12:02 PM

    Jaime,

    I have enjoyed reading all the responses to your question regarding interns. And I am glad to see so many supporting the fair treatment of interns. On the other hand I have to admit one of my most formative career experiences was working as a (marginally paid) intern in the office of Victor Hornbein of Denver when it was unheard of for young women to be working in an architect's office. I was just out of high school and I had no drafting or office skills to speak of. Victor as well as his partner took me under their wings and showed me the ropes. I wouldn't want to eliminate those opportunities for others.
    Lynn Fritzlen AIA



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    Lynn Fritzlen AIA
    Lynn Fritzlen Architect
    New York NY
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