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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.”



AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community generates, collects, and distributes knowledge for architects of small firms and designers of small projects.

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Small Project Practitioners Round Table Toolkit

The toolkit serves as a resource for those wishing to engage in individual study and group discussions at the local level.

Resources for Small Firms

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
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
Ann Casso, AIA Trust
Lisa Stacholy, AIA

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.

Home Design Trends Survey

Join the survey panel and participate in the production of this quarterly report.

Small Projects and Small Firms Idea Exchange

Small Projects and Small Firms Idea Exchange offers advice and commentary by and about small-firm and small-project architects like you.

Managing a Practice

Discover tools and resources you need to help guide your practice, regardless of the size of your firm including financial, practice and human resources as well as industry information.

Navigating the Economy

Discover practical tips and resources to help you and your firm navigate through a sluggish economy.

Washington, DC: Contract Docs Training

Title: Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software.   In-Person!

Description: Don't miss this opportunity to attend an interactive session on the latest version of AIA Contract Documents and Software!  During this course, you will learn the importance of having written contracts in place, and the potential dangers in operating without them; explore the contractual relationship between the various construction parties and how contracts define the responsibility, authority, and expectations of each; and become familiar with the key features of commonly-used AIA contract documents.

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Duration: 9:30am-5:00pm

Eligible for 6.5 AIA/CES LU Hours

Location: AIA National Headquarters Office in Washington, DC; 1735 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC

Registration Link:

VIDEO: The Importance of Small Projects in the Career of an Architect


Research Grant

Copyright © 2012 InHouse Design

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) were proud to offer the 2014 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant funded one emerging professional to conduct research on residential design practice in small architectural firms or a topic of direct applicability to these firms. 

2014 Research Grantee:
Alison Steele

The main objective of Alison Steele's research is a comprehensive investigation into the design and development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), with an emphasis on lowering the cost of construction. This research provides a resource for other ADU designers across the country, and will also assist the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC) in developing an innovative delivery system for their latest ADU design, AF2.0, as part of Austin’s Alley Flat Initiative. 


Latest Blogs

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    By Chayanne Husar Emailing is of course a part of everyone's life and is a fast, effective way to keep a record of communication of a project. Using email to clarify meetings, understandings, and... more

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    By Jean Dufresne Most of us know that a big part of our time is spent educating our clients about architecture, construction, government processes and the like. It is our way of showcasing our value... more

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. 

AIA Document G742™–2015

Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project

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.

Latest Discussions


2016 Convention Call for Submissions now Open
AIA Convention is one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S., featuring hundreds of speakers and education sessions on practice strategies and opportunities, emerging trends, and topics that inspire and educate.

If you’re an articulate subject matter expert with a great concept for an education session, we invite you to submit your proposal by August 15, 2015.
Learn more and submit

2015 Small Project Award Recipients
SPP presents the ninth annual Small Project Awards Program to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small project design.  View the award winning projects.

AIA SPP Small Project Design Competition: The Pop-up Project
The AIA Small Project Practitioners invited architects and architecture students to submit design ideas to the 2015 SPP Small Project Design Competition – POP-UP 2015.  In this unique design competition, submitters were asked to design a discreet, compact and efficient shelter for the homeless.  View the award recipients and honorable mentions.

A Small Firm and Sole Practitioner’s Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents
View hands-on demonstrations of the latest software version of AIA Contract Documents to discover the key features relevant to small firms that will save you time, money, and keep your projects organized
. View the presentation.

Leadership Opportunities

SPP is currently looking for a SPP Journal Editor and a SPP Tips Editor. View opportunities.

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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