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Winner Announced: 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design

Congratulations to Tricia Stuth, AIA and Ted Shelton, FAIA for their propsal, Leveraging Existing Custom Fabrication Abilities in the Design of Small Affordable Houses. The research finding's final report will be posted once it is available.

Project narrative: Calling on custom fabrication abilities widely available in the timber home and roof truss manufacturing industries, this research explores their potential for architectural expression and space making in small, inexpensive, light wood framed houses.

We thank everyone for their participation!


About the grant:

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one design professional to conduct research on a topic related to residential design on a small scale or by small firms.

SPP at the AIA Convention 2016

Join the Small Project Practitioner Knowledge Community at this year's AIA Convention in Philadelphia, May 19-21.

  • EV102 - Find Your Community at Philly and Beyond!
    May 18 | 6-8PM | The Racquet Club of Philadelphia | Learn More
    Kick off your convention experience! Connect with first time and returning attendees who share your interests at this new event as you indulge in festive cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and partake in fun activities all while reveling in unique architectural details of the venue. *This event takes place of last year's CRAN/SPP/HKC Reception.

  • TH409 - 2016 AIA Small Project Design Awards: Small Gesture Big Impact
    May 19 | 5:00-6:00PM | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Learn More
    Big successes sometimes come in small packages. This session will recognize the winners of this year's AIA Small Project Design Awards who made big impacts despite tight budgets and limited resources. The session will include analysis of the award-winning elements, discussion of the impact of small gestures in architecture and new projects not covered in the media, as well as a Q&A session with 2016 award recipients.

Explore the convention schedule with 500+ sessions by clicking here.


Research Grant: 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design

Application Deadline: Closed

Thanks to all those that participated!

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one design professional to conduct research on a topic related to residential design on a small scale or by small firms.

  • The Researcher will have the opportunity to undertake comprehensive professional research on residential and housing design in practice.
  • The Researcher’s completed work will be published on AIA websites.
  • The Researcher will be funded in the amount of $7,000 which may be used for time and/or materials.
  • The Researcher may receive funding to present research findings at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando, FL.

See 2014 Grant Recipient's Project


Competition is Closed | Thank you to all the participants!

The AIA Small Project Practitioners invites architects and architecture students to submit design ideas to the 2016 SPP Small Project Design Competition – POP-UP 2016: Tactical Urbanism – Creating Place. In this unique design competition, submitters are asked to: Create a sense of place within the confines of a 10’-0” x 10’-0” x 10’-0” space.

Prizes include $1,000.00 provided by AIA SPP Knowledge Community, round-trip airline ticket to the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, convention hotel accommodations for 1 person for 3 nights.

Award winning projects will be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, including the SPP Journal and website.


Deadline to submit: February 12, 2016




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Significant Small Projects- Cleveland

C-House by Robert Maschke, FAIA



Showcase Your Firm in the SPP Review

Submit your firm news and small projects for publication! The SPP is launching an annual publication by and for its members. Become part of the REVIEW! Submit noteworthy, professional accomplishments and firm news from 2015 to share with your 9,500 SPP national peers, friends, and clients.

Projects will be selected by the SPP Advisory Group based on merit and compatibility with theme: Small Gesture Big Impact.

Deadline to submit: January 22, 2016


Click the button below  to learn more about the requirements and how to submit.




Submissions closed: 2016 Small Project Awards Programs

We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2016 Small Project Awards.

Thank you to those who participated! We will announce the winners early next year.

See the 2015 Small Project Awards Recipients




Out of Scale

The AIA’s Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community’s Advisory Group
launched the Small Project Awards program in 2005 to celebrate work whose creativity and impact are “Out of Scale.”




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AIA Contract Documents

AIA Document A145™–2015
Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project is a streamlined, homeowner-friendly document created to meet the needs of residential design-builders. 

AIA Document C102™–2015
Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member for the Purpose of Responding to a Solicitation and Pursuing a Project establishes the parties’ responsibilities in pursuing a project and requires them to negotiate project agreements up front. 

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AIA Document G743™–2015

Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project 

The new G742™–2015
Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project and attendant G743™–2015,     Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project are convenient forms on which the design-builder can apply for payment and the owner can certify the amount due.  These forms round out the AIA’s commercial Design-Build Family of documents.

BIM for Small Projects Videos

There is a widely shared perception that small firms and sole practitioners cannot take advantage of Building Information Modeling due to such factors as its cost, complexity, training time, and productivity for small projects. These case studies, presented by architects who work in small firms or as sole practitioners, will demonstrate how BIM has enhanced their practices and enabled them to create excellent projects.

This is a series of “BIM for Small Projects” by the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community, where architects share their experiences.

View the first webinar. View the second webinar.


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Our small firm resources help you find tips and solutions especially geared for you, the small-project practitioner.

AIA Trust for Small Firms

Most AIA Trust programs are aimed at small firms that don’t have an HR or legal department to evaluate and administer benefits. From a sole proprietorship to a firm of 10 employees, smaller firms will find many AIA Trust programs well suited to their needs. Learn more.

Small Firm Round Table Videos

AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA *Meet Small Firm Owner and SPP Member 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA

Jeffrey Rosenblum, FAIA and Michael Stanton, FAIA
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Steve Stephanides, Beazley Group
Duane Repko, Victor O. Shinnerer & Company
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AIA Contract Documents License for Small Firms

AIA Contract Documents give you the Industry Standard—the most widely used contracts by architects, contractors and owners alike. Did you know that, as an AIA Member, you can access the entire library of AIA Contract Documents with our user-friendly software for as little as $199? Learn more about the Docs 100 License and Documents on Demand.


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