IKM Starts New Year with Newly Registered Architects

IKM Starts New Year with Newly Registered Architects

The congratulatory bagels or donuts are long gone, but the enthusiasm for the accomplishment has not waned. As IKM began 2016, the firm was pleased to announce on two different occasions the achievement of two individuals on the completion of their A.R.E., Architectural Registration Exam, requirements making them officially registered architects in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

IKM congratulates, Joseph Obritz, AIA, NCARB, and Jason Hindes, AIA, on becoming registered architects.

Joe is a project manager with the firm providing creative solutions for healthcare, higher education and civic clients. His portfolio includes designing the St. Clair Emergency Department, Forbes Hospital Elevator Tower, Grove City College Alumni Center addition and renovation, and the Animal Friends new Wellness Center. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter and also holds his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification.

“I’m just so pleased to be finished with the exams. Now my credentials match my knowledge and experience,” said Obritz. “As I worked toward my registration, I came to see the value in the AIA as an institution that it gives a voice and a public face to the architecture profession recognized and representative of a standard of professionalism and public safety.”

Jason is a project architect and has been an integral team member on IKM’s work at WVU Medicine having worked on the Master Plan, the $105 million Southeast Tower expansion, Emergency Department expansion, and the Atrium projects in Morgantown, WV. In addition, Jason worked on the William Sharpe Jr. Behavioral Health addition and University of Pittsburgh Johnstown campus Engineering and Science building renovation. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter.

“This has been a goal of mine since my sophomore year of High School,” said Hindes, of passing his registration exams. “To accomplish something that has been that long in the making is an incredible feeling; and serves as a great building block in a field that requires you to be a lifelong student of the profession.”

IKM supports graduate architects with study materials and continuing education opportunities through their award-winning Intern Development Program designed to promote the pursuit and completion of licensure to become a registered architect.

IKM’s tally of registered architects rises to 19 with an additional 14 graduate architects comprising the total staff of 44. This makes IKM one of the five largest firms in the City of Pittsburgh based on an annual survey by the Pittsburgh Business Times and one of two of the largest independent firms (not owned by an out of state/country entity).