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The Small Firm Round Table focuses on the needs of small firms and is charged with reviewing the existing benefits and services offered by the AIA. Our mission is to further the special and unique interests of architects practicing in small firms and architects as sole practitioners by working with and through the American Institute of Architects. Secondly, it is to act as a central body to promote the creation, and to facilitate and coordinate the efforts of additional Small Firm Round Tables at the component level.

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Architect's Professional Primer (APP)

Emerging Professionals need resources to support their successful practice of architecture. In March 2011, the Small Firm Round Table identified the preparation of a firm toolkit for emerging professionals as one of its primary objectives. SFRT is leading the volunteer effort, with support from the AIA Knowledge Communities, to guide the transformation, consolidation and republication of best practices for establishing and operating an architecture firm. SFRT will be collecting documents under six major categories:

1. Advancement of the Profession
2. Career Advancement
3. Value of Design
4. Starting your own Firm
5. Value of Licensure
6. Economy & Change

The collection of this knowledge has the potential to not only serve as a valuable resource to emerging professionals, but also redefine the architecture profession.

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Latest Discussions

  • Michael Strogoff, FAIA

    Associate Principal Firm Model

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    Bradley, I have discussed transition plans with many firms across the country and there tends to be three overlapping considerations: ownership, governance and leadership. You have great latitude...

  • Anne Tyler Feldmann

    2014 Design and Health Summit Call for Abstracts

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    The AIA, AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture will host a summit in April 2014 titled The Value of Design: Design and Health. In anticipation of that event, the AIA...

  • Ronald Geyer, AIA, NCIDQ

    RE:Business Development "Scout"

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    Thanks, Rand. That matches up with advice I've gotten elsewhere. REG

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Social Media as a Tool for Small Firms

From Hanley-Wood’s ARCHITECT Live at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, DC. AIA members Jane Frederick, Bud Dietrich, Kristin Capps, Adi Tatark, and Lira Luis gave a presentation on social media as a tool for small firms.

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