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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 Archive for Small Firms

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.

Resource Library

Financial Performance, Project Management, and Business...

2015 Small Firm Roundtable Directory

The mission of the AIA Small Firm Round Table is...

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.

Latest Discussions

  • Michael A. Webber

    2015 Deltek A/E Industry Financial Performance Survey

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    Again this year, Deltek's survey had the highest number of respondents among all similar A/E industry surveys. A copy of the Final Report is attached. While there are minor improvements pretty...

  • Jared E. Banks AIA

    Mentorship Survey for CRAN

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    For the next issue of the CRAN Chronicle, we are doing an article on mentorship. If you have a moment, share your experiences: Thanks!

  • David H. Yum AIA

    Structuring Fees for a Housing Development

    Posted in: Small Firm Round Table

    Recently, I spoke with a large Contracting firm that has built enough equity to develop a 12 acre site and build twelve custom homes, approximately 2500sf each. They would like to develop three types,...

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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 Novakowski

    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

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  • Ann Novakowski

    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

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  • 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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