AIA Small Firm Round Table

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About SFRT

The mission of the AIA Small Firm Round Table is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms.
Objectives of the AIA Small Firm Round Table:
(1) Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies.
(2) Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice; and
(3) Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks.

Kermit Baker of the American Institute of Architects on strength in the Architect industry.


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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Upcoming Events

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SFRT Regional Represenatives

  Click the image above to access map of Small Firm Round Table Regional Contacts. Local program links coming soon.

Small Firm Exchange Track at 2014 AIA Convention

  Stay tuned for information on the Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Track at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta, GA! Click to learn more and visit the full agenda.

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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Resource Library

2015 Small Firm Roundtable Directory

Small Firm Roundtable Mission Statement

Notes for the SFRT Full Group meeting held January...

Notes for the SFRT ExCom meeting held January 28-29,...

Notes for the SFRT APP Editors meeting held January...

Latest Discussions

  • Michael B. Strogoff FAIA

    RE: Small Firm Ownership Transition

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    At the risk of being seen as promoting my own services, people interested in ownership transition might purchase chapter 5 of AIA's Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, which contains guidelines...

  • Brian L. McNew AIA

    RE: Small Firm Ownership Transition

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    I am a sole practitioner but am incorporated. I have entertained the notion of joining with another firm or bringing in a partner. I attended a seminar in Dallas, TX, hosted by the firm Dannible &...

  • Anne Sciarrone AIA

    Project Management Software

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    I am currently looking at Project Management software that will talk to Quickbooks and preferably Quickbooks Online. I am wondering what other small firms are using. I've looked into Praesto by Basebuilders,...

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    The Small Firm Round Table is going to highlight Small Firm Award Winners from other Knowledge Communities. Our first winner is from Technology in Architectural Practice for the Best Use of BIM in... more

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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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