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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?
One step further: should firms who have unpaid positions be able to be AIA members at all?
Even to have unpaid positions is just wrong on so many levels, let alone to receive AIA awards.
klindt d. breckenridge
tucson | 520.882.9944
tempe | 480.659.3332
I agree with the comments about eligibility for awards made by Mr. Sobrino.
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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