EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

The Waugh Award

Dennis Waugh

In 2019, the Waugh Award was established to honor our co-founder, Dennis Waugh.

Denny, as many people know him, retired in 2018 after 37 years with the company. His vision and the efforts he took to make Origin Design (founded as IIW Associates P.C.) what it is today are at the heart of this award.

The award is granted annually to an Origin Design employee owner whose efforts and vision remind us of Denny’s. The recipient of this award supports and furthers Origin Design’s Mission-Vision-Values, while also exhibiting the traits of Denny.

A few of Denny's Traits

  • Passion
  • Helping others improve
  • Loyalty
  • Generosity
  • Leading by example
  • Company ambassador
I have a great deal of confidence in this next generation of employee owners, and I’m very enthused about their capabilities and dedication to the same mission as its founders. We do not want that to change.

Dennis Waugh Co-Founder

Our employees are what make us - US. The Waugh Award is a remarkable way to recognize their efforts, while also paying tribute to our co-founder, Denny.

2022 Waugh Award Winner

Waugh Award Winner - Cody Austin, PE, LEED AP

Cody Austin, PE, LEED AP

Land Development Team Leader

It’s hard to explain what receiving the Waugh Award means to me. The award is named after our company’s founder Denny Waugh who is one of the most kind, humble, intelligent and giving people that I know. If I tried to list all of Denny’s amazing qualities, the list would be endless. Many, if not all, of the employee owners at Origin possess these qualities and I am extremely honored to be the one that was selected for this award.

Cody Austin, PE, LEED AP 2022 Waugh Award Winner

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Waugh Award Past Winners

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We had a great time at our Employee Owner Meeting yesterday at the Diamond Jo! Check out these photos from our day together!

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Hey Cyclones! We're back on campus today for Conversations & Connections in the College of Design! Stop by and chat with Mat Townsley & Zach Thielen to learn more about Origin Design & our #career opportunities!

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We're hiring! Are you currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Master of Architecture program? We want you to join our #origincrew as an Intern Architect next summer! Think you might be interested, find out more here.

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Welcome to Origin Design, Jeff Brummel! Jeff joins Origin Design as a Senior Relationship Manager working out of our #QuadCities office. We're excited to have you on our #origincrew Jeff & can't wait to see what you'll accomplish!

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Are you attending the IRWA Fall Conference at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, today? Stop by Booth 65 to chat with Marc Ruden, Jim Bousley, Chris Becklin and John Berns to learn more about what Origin Design can do for you!

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