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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.

Upcoming Events

  1. AIA Contract Documents Products for Small Firms

    Thursday, April 9, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    United States

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) are proud to offer the 2014 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one emerging professional (defined below) 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
Project Description: The main objective of the proposed 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 will provide 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

  • Matthew Tinder

    Fast Company Coverage of Farmers Market Pop-Up Project Design Competition

    Small Project Practitioners

    I wanted to make you all aware of Fast Company's coverage of the Small Project Practitioners Farmers Market Pop-Up Project Design Competition. Jean Dufresne served as a great spokesperson for the... more

  • Jean Dufresne AIA

    SPP Tip: Give Up Email

    Small Project Practitioners

    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

  • Jean Dufresne AIA

    SPP Tip: Simple Enough A Child Could Understand

    Small Project Practitioners

    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... more

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Submit your work: AIA/CRAN Residential Collection | Houses for all Regions

A publication series of exemplary single family residential design. 

The AIA/CRAN together with The Images Publishing Group proudly announce the forthcoming publication Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection and invite your firm to submit a project for inclusion in this high profile title. 

Projects will be grouped into climate zones: Arid/Semi-arid, Temperate, Tropical/Sub-tropical, Arctic/Cold-climate, with an introductory essay written by an expert in the field for each section.
Find out more and apply today

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.