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. At the beginning of 2018, SGA Academy was started, offering bi-weekly sessions for emerging professionals. These sessions provide an opportunity to achieve AXP hours that might otherwise be difficult to achieve during the normal work setting.

“SGA delivers on its commitment towards licensure by devoting time, study resources, and financial support,” said Austin Richards, who is currently working to obtain his license to practice architecture in the State of Oklahoma. “I couldn’t be more grateful to the team here for everything they have done to assist me through this process.”

This 2018 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.