Corgan has a decades-long reputation for great customer service. That unwavering commitment to our clients is the foundation of everything we do. Every decision we make is our client’s interest. That same commitment extends to the users of the places we create. Our work is based on evidence, experiential research, and hard data — helping us to understand their needs, desires, and dreams. We question deeply to reveal important insights into our clients and the evolving conditions that may impact the long-term value of the design.
To us, our work is only successful if it succeeds on our client’s terms. So we design places to inspire and delight the user while creating real value for our clients. Corgan’s strengths in research, user experience, and design empower us to foresee emerging changes and provide solutions that minimize risk, create flexibility, and maximize longevity. We elevate the process, the space for the user, and the impact of the design on your business.
Prepare for your exam by building office study and support groups to easily share study tips and habits with fellow colleagues. Our recently registered architects will also brainstorm success strategies and create action plans with target dates for accomplishment. Corgan will also assist you with IDP requirements and identify a mentor who is right for you. Corgan will pay 100% of exam fees for the first exam and provide time off to take exams.
Following one year of employment, Corgan will pay 50% of state registration fees.
Following six months of employment, Corgan will pay 50% of LEED Green Associate exam fees. At this time, Corgan will also pay 50% of either LEED AP Building Design + Construction or Interior Design + Construction exam fees. We also provide you with the time off to take the exams.
Following two years of employment, Corgan will pay 50% of annual dues for national, state, and local AIA, ASID, IBD, CSI, and IIDA.
We believe you should never stop learning, which is why we offer opportunities for continued education through Corgan University. Classes are free and include topics like applied practice and design, communications, and leadership and management. This program is designed to promote the ongoing development and growth of our craft within our culture of mentoring and knowledge sharing, offering countless methods of learning: live and online courses, peer interactions, project-based learning, webinars, podcasts, and more.
LUNCH AND LEARNS
Corgan hosts presentations by vendors for different construction and interiors materials and systems. The various companies presenting are vetted to ensure that only those with educational benefit are included. Continuing education hours, which are required for professional memberships, may also be gained through these seminars. In some cases, Corgan will pay a percentage of fees for continuing education and/or seminars. Staff are encouraged to bring along a lunch and attend the session to stay up-to-date on the latest materials and processes.
Toastmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which, in turn, foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Sketchmasters reacquaints participants with basic mark-making skills and hand-eye coordination to strengthen our effectiveness as design communicators.
Every Friday afternoon at 4:30, a design presentation is made to all staff. This typically involves a project currently in design, which gives the architect and designers an opportunity to present their work in a larger forum and receive design critique from staff members not involved directly in the project. Other design presentations are made by outside guests or by key figures in the firm, focusing on design philosophy and methodology.
CorganCREATE is an initiative to foster creativity and thought leadership that builds value for our firm and addresses ongoing changes in our profession as they relate to the built environment. CREATE allows employees to test and develop new ideas. We are curious and creative by nature, and CREATE provides an opportunity to explore.
DESIGN APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE
The Design Applications Committee mission is to focus on firm wide BIM initiatives, Revit team training, resources, and development of best practice workflows.
Corgan supports the continued development of its people. The better you are, the better we are. That’s why the resources we provide are carefully targeted to help you with every aspect of your career - communication, leadership, creativity, and technique. You have access to our reading library, extensive sample library, and a broad, in-house continuing education curriculum that ranges from contract negotiation to the art of hand sketching. Beyond the classroom, Corgan hosts a variety of study sessions, seminars, workshops, crits, lectures, and peer group reviews. Together, these resources promote an entrepreneurial spirit that pushes the boundaries of science and art, technology, and design.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Equity, inclusivity, and well-being are a cornerstone of a thriving workplace. At Corgan, we recognize and celebrate the unique and diverse qualities of each person in our firm and fully encourage belonging. We are committed to cultivating an environment of trust and to increasing diversity, both at our firm and in the architecture and design industry. We know that diversity in the workforce is good for the economy — it improves team performance, drives growth, enhances employee experience and engagement, and results in better, more holistic design solutions. Corgan stands behind our belief that a better world is a diverse world with our public affirmation and renewed alliance with National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as well as our signature on the Texas Competes pledge in support of creating welcoming and diverse workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. While there is work to be done in our industry, we are committed to doing the work to make an impact. It starts with our leadership and hands-on engagement with organizations like the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, the Charles Rice Learning Center, CREW, Cristo Rey College Prep, Latinos in Architecture, and National Organization of Minority Architects.
"Corgan meets or exceeds expectations.” That’s what 97 percent of our clients tell us in our performance surveys. We wake up every day striving to prove ourselves to that last three percent. This is a team united in its passionate pursuit of excellence. We share a deep curiosity about how we can improve lives through design. We are curious about the world we have — and the world that is emerging. This passion, drive for excellence, and abiding curiosity guide us each day in our interaction with our clients, partners, associates, and with each other. Our commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics is unwavering. Maybe that’s why so many of our client relationships span six decades or more.
THE BEST WAY TO CREATE INSPIRING DESIGN IS TO LIVE LIFE FULLY.
Frank Lloyd Wright said “no stream rises higher than its source.” Corgan has lived by that idea for more than 80 years. We set the standard in continuing education for our team. We elevate our collective ability to think, ideate, and create. We care about balance in our lives, with a company culture that’s lighthearted, transparent, and fun. We are committed to fostering a workplace that is equitable and inclusive for all. We believe that lives well lived make for interesting people, who design much more interesting places.
Why Work Here?
We encourage Corganites to give their time, talent, and treasure to causes they are passionate about by participating in numerous diverse and creative initiatives across the nation. Our community service program called Corgan Cares focuses on three specific areas — homelessness, humanities, and hunger — and encourages a year-round commitment to service. Employees are given paid time off to volunteer with a charity within those focus areas.
We financially support numerous initiatives within the communities we live, work, and play. We’re committed to the arts and community, as well as education and youth programs, encouraging the future of architecture and design.
We have a fundamental responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and the world’s resources. Our goal, however, is to move beyond an approach of simply “using less” and to create buildings that also “do more.” With a deep understanding of the role that the built environment plays in shaping both societies and the physical world, we believe that we can profoundly and proactively strengthen communities and society by creating more resilient and more equitable design.
We have a flourishing sustainable design practice that is responsible for over 30 million square feet of projects, covering approximately $10.2 billion in construction costs. Our portfolio includes over 100 third party verified projects, and we employ over 100 LEED Accredited Professionals within our firm. In 2018, Corgan joined the AIA 2030 Commitment, which prioritizes energy performance and working toward carbon-neutral buildings. We are committed to implementing a thoughtful and integrated approach to all our designs that balances both the built and natural environment.