Peer Organization Addresses Industry Trends, Professional Challenges
Quinn Evans, an award-winning planning and design firm with offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable. Founded in 1984, the Large Firm Roundtable is an independent entity composed of 60 of the nation’s largest architectural firms, representing approximately 245,000 employees worldwide and more than $70 billion in annual construction value.
Quinn Evans, also founded in 1984, has grown significantly in recent years, expanding staff and adding new office locations. The firm currently employs more than 200 professionals in the planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation professions. Under the leadership of President and CEO Larry Barr, FAIA, and Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP, the firm has also increased its minority representation from 6.5 percent in 2014 to 22 percent today, with company ownership by women also significantly increasing to nearly 50 percent. Quinn Evans also has six architects on staff who have been elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows.
To qualify for the Large Firm Roundtable, member firms must have a minimum of 150 staff members, at least 50 of whom must be registered architects and members of the AIA. The organization meets twice a year to discuss industry trends, best practices, leadership development, and administration. Earlier this month, the Large Firm Roundtable announced publication of its “Countdown on Carbon” policy, calling for a significant commitment by member firms to respond to climate change in the built environment.
The AIA Large Firm Roundtable is an excellent platform through which larger design organizations can engage with one another, share industry insights, explore new technological advances, and examine trends and market challenges,” says Steele. “The architecture profession has an impactful role across all segments of society, from healthcare, education, and the workplace to community revitalization and protecting the environment. In many ways, we are leaders and advocates, as well as designers. The roundtable allows us to stay current, exchange ideas, and provide our profession with a stronger, unified voice.