The small firm guide to A'20

By Amanda Jennings posted 01-29-2020 16:51

A'20 has all the small firm events and educational opportunities for you and your staff to earn HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA, and AIA LU credits for the year. Here are just four of the many reasons to bring your small firm to Los Angeles:


We're throwing a party in your honor! Connect with other AIA members from small firms as well as leadership from the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) in the business lounge on the expo floor. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and conversations at the Small Firm Meet Up.

Climate action

Sustainable design tackles the compounding global challenges of resource availability, water quality, and increasing pollution. It is part of an architect’s approach to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Making a pivot toward sustainable-based practices is especially challenging for small firms that often lack the resources and knowledge available to large firms. Learn from other small firm practitioners how you can incorporate sustainability into your practice.

Industry trends

Small firms are trailblazers at the leading edge of practice innovation. A'20 provides unprecedented opportunities for you to learn from other small firms how you can incorporate advances in technology and design into your practice. Interact with other professionals to share and learn from your peers from across the country.

Small firm curriculum

The Business School is back! We’ve curated enterprising continuing education programs specifically covering the management of a small practice. If you're a small firm architect looking to grow your business, or you're interested in starting your own firm, these sessions are for you. Earn CEU’s while learning invaluable information for your firm's future!


Secrets to Winning Great Projects 
WE101 | 8 - 12pm

Creating Your Firm's Business Plan
WE301 | 1 - 5pm


Free Firm Performance Audit
EV208 | 1 - 3pm

The Small Firm's Guide to AIA Contract Documents
EL104a | 3:15 - 4:15pm


Built to Sell: Solidifying Your Firm's Value & Your Legacy
FR117 | 8 - 9am

Small Project Success by Design
FR204 | 9:30 - 11am

Free Firm Performance Audit
EV312 | 1 - 3pm

Small Firm Exchange Forum
EV313 | 1 - 3pm

Small Firm Meet-up
Booth W-332 | 3 - 4pm


Firm Roundtables: Practice Leaders on Workplace Culture
SA316 | 11:30 - 1pm

New Firm, New Systems: Project Management Tips for Start-Ups
SA501 | 3:30 - 4:30pm

Sustainability & the Small Firm: How We Adapt
SA512 | 3:30 - 4:30pm