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AIA Kinetic Now Available!

AIAKinetic is an initiative of the AIA Small Firm Round table that empowers the successful practice of architecture. It is primer for young architects and a resource for mid-career professional. Kinetic covers the breadth what it takes to be successful in architecture practice. It is a constantly growing collection of succinct, 250-word articles, short enough to be easily read and long enough to convey essentials of architecture practice. Architects from all over the country have seeded Kinetic with more than 250 valuable articles. All users are invited to provide commentary as well as additional articles. The AIA SFRT has a team of editors and curators committed to keeping the content fresh and current. 

AIA Kinetic has a number of interactive features and enhancements that create an interesting dynamic for users. You can read articles, comment, like or dislike, share with others, invite friends to participate and submit new articles with different points of view or on new topics. AIA Kinetic is constantly evolving and looking forward to having users help shape the future of the App as well as the future of architecture.

Want to contribute content to AIA Kinetic?

Check out the AIA Kinetic Writing Guidelines and submit new topics through the AIA Kinetic Content 
Submission Form.

SFRT Co-sponsors Business of Architecture Summit 2015

October 29-30, 2015

Is your firm ready for the next 5 years?

Are you jumping at every opportunity that comes your way, or are you taking a long-term, sustainable approach that is based on a winning strategy?

As the economy heats up, don't let the 'urgent' get in the way of that which is most important.

This October 29th-30th, the AIA Small Firm Roundtable is co-sponsoring a 2-day live, virtual event with Business of Architecture focused on preparing your firm for the next 5 years. Better yet, the SFRT leadership has negotiated half-off the registration cost for SFRT members (details below).

Over the 2-day tele-broadcast Summit, you'll hear from some of the leading thinkers on creating a sustainable practice with a focus on long-term strategy, success, and financial security.

Here are a few comments about last year's event: "Attending...the Summit will be one of the most important things I do for my practice this year, if not this decade!" (architect Cary Westerbeck) and "The Business of Architecture Summit was the most 'profitable' 2 days I have spent in a long time," (architect Frank Heitzman).

During this event, you will get over 10 AIA LU's and, as an AIA Small Firm Roundtable member, you can get 50% off by using the special coupon code "sfrt-summit-2015" as you register (hint: if you’re a small firm, you’re a member).

You won't want to miss this event created specifically for small firm owners. 

Go here to reserve your seat: The Business of Architecture Summit

This is an online broadcast event - no travel is required. When you register you'll also get access to all the session recordings so that you can watch them on-demand at your leisure.


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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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2010 Small Firm Round Table Forum Videos


Jeff Potter, FAIA - 2012 AIA President
Jeffrey Rosenblum, FAIA and Michael Stanton, FAIA
Richard Capshaw, Esq.
Steve Stephanides, Beazley Group
Duane Repko, Victor O. Shinnerer & Company
Guy LeVan, XL Insurance
John Willard, Zurich A/E
Bradford Russell, AIA
Lisa Stacholy, AIA

Convention Small Firm Exchange

  Thank you for joining the Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Track at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta, GA! Click to review the track agenda.

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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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