AIA Small Firm Round Table

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About SFRT

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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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Small Firm Exchange Track at 2014 AIA Convention

  Thank you for joining us for the Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Track at the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago, IL! Click to learn more and revisit 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

Whether you’re a seasoned firm owner or just starting...

Latest Discussions

  • Rena M. Klein FAIA

    2015 Architecture Business Plan Competition

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    Details were recently announced for the 2015 Architecture Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Charrette Venture Group and BQE ArchiOffice. The competition is open to registered architects in the...

  • Michael F. Malinowski AIA

    Have a great permit process story to share?

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    I'm gathering 'Best Practice' permit streamlining examples for a program at the Atlanta convention, and would appreciate hearing about any examples you have experienced. I'm particularly interested...

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    Register for The Business Case for the 2030 Challenge Webinar Today! Earn 1.5 LUs

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    Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) Come learn the value of pursuing the 2030 Challenge is providing sustainable buildings that enhance building performance...

Latest Blogs

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    Business model for sustainable construction

    Small Firm Round Table

    Constantly the construction industry approaches the ecological theme as the strategy that will improve business. Present equipment that could reduce energy consumption, like photovoltaic plates, is... more

    1 person recommends this.
  • Ann Harris

    HOW TO: Find & Attract Quality Facebook Fans

    Small Firm Round Table

    Or; How to Get More Facebook Fans and Potential Leads Without Being Unethical I know that title's a doozy, but it certainly explains it all. Where do you find real, engaged, potential client... more

    3 people recommend this.
  • Ann Harris

    Pin It to Win It: Pinterest for Architects

    Small Firm Round Table

    From client requests to notes on vendors, your online bookmarks are getting out of control and your Evernote notebooks are a fierce hot mess . Hundreds of design ideas and inspirational... more

    5 people recommend this.
  • Linna Jane Frederick FAIA

    Small Firm Award Winners

    Small Firm Round Table

    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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