We are honored to have been recognized this year by AIA Oklahoma as an Exemplary AXP Friendly Firm, “for going above and beyond to help bridge the gap between education and experience by creating an environment that uniquely embraces the path to licensure. Firms benefit by creating an atmosphere of learning and professional growth, promoting professional development of staff so that more responsibility can be shared and fostering relationships among staff that create a positive environment which aids in retention of employees and a positive reputation among likely recruits.”
We make it a top priority to hand-select, train and empower our employees. Some of the benefits we provide include payment of all NCARB and AIA annual fees, study materials, and paid time off to take the Architect Registration Examination. Shekoofah Khedhri, who recently obtained her license to practice architecture in the State of Oklahoma, says “I joined SGA because of their reputation for providing exceptional services to well-known clients. I stayed because of the firm’s commitment to the professional development of their employees.”
This 2017 recognition adds to SGA Design Group’s long and rich history of supporting emerging professionals. We were the first firm in the state to be granted the AIA Oklahoma Intern-Friendly Firm designation (pre-cursor to the AXP Friendly Firm), and AIA Central States Region has recognized us with similar awards. On a national level, we’ve been recognized by AIA and NCARB with the 2008-2011 IDP Firm Award as well as the IDP Outstanding Firm Award in 2007, and again for 2011-2014.