Career Center

Welcome and thank you for your interest in FGM.

Since 1945, FGM has been a force in the design of facilities that define a community, its schools, colleges and universities; its city halls and office buildings; its fire and police stations. We are the recipient of many design awards for those buildings, but our most important awards are the continuing projects that come from a roster of satisfied clients. The clients and communities we serve are pleased with our designs and just as pleased with our service.

Our staff is key to that satisfaction and is our most important asset.

FGM’s staff of nearly 90 operates from four locations: Oak Brook, Chicago, O’Fallon and St. Louis. Each office offers project diversity, the highest level of technological tools and leadership characterized by their willingness to collaborate and mentor. Our firm received the AIA Illinois Distinguished Firm Award in 2003 and is annually ranked on Crain’s List as one of Chicago’s largest architecture firms. FGM was ranked the 11th largest firm in the 2014 St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists. We are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and many of our architects are LEED Accredited Professionals. In addition, FGM’s responsible fiscal management and market diversity make us a smart place to start or continue your career.

We know that building a great firm means continuously recruiting talented individuals who share our values. We encourage you to submit your resume so that we can begin the process of getting to know you.

You may email your resume to career@fgmarchitects.com. Please indicate the FGM office where you would like to work and, for architectural positions, please send up to three JPEG images from your portfolio. Do not direct us to your website to review your work and do not submit anything that you would like to have returned. If we find a match between your experience and our current needs, we will contact you in order to arrange for a personal interview.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Intern Development Program

FGM encourages all eligible staff members to obtain their professional licenses at the earliest opportunity, and we help you through the process.

We follow the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP) guidelines, a profession-wide comprehensive program. Our IDP process is led by a recently-registered architect who is intimately familiar with the requirements of the program. This architect helps our interns navigate IDP requirements and works with senior staff to make sure that every intern gets the broad range of experience that is necessary to fulfill all of the requirements within the recommended time frame. An advocate at all times, the IDP program leader organizes monthly meetings for interns, assures that interns are documenting their hours and organizes training sessions for exams. Additionally, each IDP candidate is assigned an FGM mentor.

To further assist our intern architects, FGM provides reimbursement for all NCARB study and test costs. After one full year of employment, FGM grants a leave of absence, with pay, to enable eligible staff members to take the professional licensing examinations.

FGM pays all application and renewal fees architectural licenses and pays for memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

FGM University

FGM considers our staff to be our strongest asset. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for the best young architects and the firm they join to become well-rounded professionals.

Toward that end, we have established FGM University. If this brings to mind long, dry lectures by gray-haired authority figures, think again.

FGM University is a participatory, research-based program that teams a senior person with an intern to explore a project type. The intern researches the project type internally by examining past FGM projects and externally by looking at what is happening in that particular industry. Together, the intern and the senior person present their findings to the FGM staff in a lunch session. The intern learns about FGM projects, about trends in the industry and, as an added benefit, gains presentation experience.

Recent topics have included science classroom design, library design, sustainable design and construction management.

The presentations are broadcast to all FGM offices via video-conferencing.

Mentoring

At FGM, intern architects are assigned a licensed FGM architect to serve as his/her mentor. The mentor can help the intern through the IDP process and familiarize them with FGM standards and procedures.