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SGPA ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING has a program that recognizes contributions and future potential of key employees by offering opportunities for contribution and growth in the areas of leadership, management and direction of the firm through appointment to both Associate and Principal status.

The program identifies four levels of participation with pre-qualifications for consideration of appointment. At the entry level is the Associate designation. The other three designations are at the Senior Associate, Associate Principal and Principal levels, each of which involves participation in corporate ownership, as well as potential annual awards from a bonus pool.


SGPA ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING has historically recognized the value of providing in-house educational opportunities to our professional staff in order to share the tremendous knowledge gained from 42 years in practice, as well as keep the staff abreast of the ever-changing complexion of the design profession.

The SGPA Academy is the name chosen for our continuing education program that runs on a two-year cycle and currently includes topics dealing with project management training, constructability issues, building code changes, sustainable design and materials, appropriate workplace behavior, etc. SGPA's Associates have taken the lead in developing and implementing this critical program.


SGPA is committed to maximizing our staff's knowledge in areas of sustainable design practices and in particular, to understanding and implementing the strategies defined in the USGBC LEED Accreditation criteria. A shared cost reimbursement program has been adopted to assist all employees in their efforts toward accreditation.

Twice a month via videoconference, individuals from both the San Diego and San Francisco offices meet to review and discuss LEED Accreditation study materials in an organized effort to efficiently achieve LEED AP status for all those interested.


As an intern architect-friendly firm, SGPA is proactive in fostering a firm-wide atmosphere of learning and shared knowledge by supporting NCARB, California's Intern Development Programs and the intern architects enrolled in them.

The firm encourages those qualified but not enrolled to begin the IDP process and emphasizes training as necessary to supplement education in preparation for licensure. Senior level professionals mentor the intern architects in all areas of the firm's practice and provide timely and regular reviews to evaluate progress.