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Each month the SFx Board and SFx State Representatives meet virtually to learn about resources available to help small firms improve their practices. The summaries below describe the topics discussed along with any resources that could be helpful to you in running your firm. To get more information, contact your SFx State Representative . January 2022 On our first call of the year, the AIA Trust shared resources available for small firms. Insurance options including life, liability, business owner, cyber liability, disability, auto, home, healthcare, long term care, travel and pet health insurance. AIA Trust Legal Network where you can ...
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From: AIA Small Firm Exchange ( sfx@aia.org ) Subject line : Small Firms Rising Current SFx board members Matt, Venesa, and Darguin hanging out at the A’22 SFx party hosted by Urban Lab. Flex your leadership skills with the AIA Small Firm Exchange Help us increase the influence of small firms within the AIA by volunteering directly for the national Small Firm Exchange as your state’s representative. We are looking for volunteers who want to be a catalyst for change and make a positive impact on the architecture profession. SFx provides lots of opportunities to network with peers, share resources, and advocate for small firms on a ...
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Fellowship is the highest membership honor you can receive from the AIA, and only approximately 3% of our members are elevated. Therefore, it’s common to feel that your work might not rise to this distinction. As a small firm practitioner, it may seem even more difficult – many believe that Fellowship is more attainable for architects who work for large firms. However, I would say that those who own or work for small firms have some distinct advantages that they may not be aware of. Fellowship is based on the architect’s full career, but it is not an autobiography – you will create a thesis statement and support that thesis. You will not tell all that you’ve ...
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It was Spring Break 2021 and I had a pile of printed material that I had found and downloaded from the AIA Trust’s website. These included “ Creating and Maintaining a Professional Practice ”, “ Making the Transition to Running Your Own Firm ”, and “ How to Start and Run Your Own Firm ”. I had recently decided to start an Architecture practice with my husband after 12 years with the same firm. I started my professional career with this firm following graduate school. My primary mentors were the two founding principals and I didn’t feel comfortable given the circumstances, to ask them for advice. Instead, I turned to Google and the AIA. The resources ...
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It’s just been a few weeks since we returned from the 2022 Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Annual Board Meeting held in San Diego, California and I couldn’t be more excited about the future and the work of the SFx board for this year. During our meetings, the members of the American Institute of Architects SFx Board met to discuss the needs and issues that affect small architectural firms. In some ways, we left with more questions than answers, but in many ways the trajectory of the AIA Small Firm Exchange is exploding for the new year. As we move forward, our focus is on the mission of the SFx to Advocate, Inform and Share for the growth and benefit of all small ...
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A'22 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 five reasons to bring your small firm to Chicago: 5. Chicago Architecture #louissullivan 4. Educational Foundations #ceus 3. Evolution of Practice #notbim 2. Entrepreneur Tactics #getpaid 1. Build Connections with Peers #beer Here is the event short list. Wednesday, June 22 WE103 | 12:00-1:30p | Small Firms: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice WE210 | 2:00-3:00p | Pay it Forward: the Benefits of Mentorship at All Ages Thursday, June 23 ...
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2022 SFx Board Table Legend: Bold = Chair / Bold = Executive Committee Representative email Bart Shaw, FAIA bart@ibanezshaw.com Bruce T. Fallon, AIA bfallon@wpa-architecture.com Bruce Sekanick, FAIA bruce@phillips-sekanick.com Chris Schmitt, AIA chris@roehrschmitt.com Christian Jordan, AIA cjordan@pjarch.com Dana Ellis, AIA dana@outpoststudioco.com Darguin Fortuna, AIA dfortuna@flow-design-studio.com David Corban, AIA dmc@davidcorban.com Elizabeth Pacheco, AIA epf@fallonpacheco.com Hayley Ruthrauff, AIA hayley@simbiotek.com Jamie Walsh, AIA jamie@jamiewalshdesigns.com ...
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State Representative Email Alabama James A Brown Jr., AIA jbrown@boarchitects.com Alaska VACANT *See Jamie Arizona Devan Porter, AIA devan.porter@dsp.design Arkansas VACANT *See Jeremiah California Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA cvsuero@gmail.com Colorado Shane Martin, AIA shane@arrowbarchitecture.com Connecticut VACANT *See Elizabeth Delaware Willard F. Hurd, AIA whurd@footprintarch.com Florida Jason Hagopian, AIA jason@neuv.io Georgia VACANT *See David Hawaii Sara Jehn, AIA sara@agorjehnarch.com Idaho VACANT * See Jennifer C. Illinois ...
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Happy New Year Everyone, 2020 was a crazy and difficult year for everyone, and the AIA’s Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Member Group was no exception. We plan most of our efforts during an annual, in-person, meeting at the beginning of every year. We were able to hold that meeting in-person in 2020 and then just two weeks later we found ourselves in an entirely new world and our country in lockdown. Just like every other organization last year, we adjusted. We put a focus on creating digital content, articles, webinars, and social media so that small firms across the country would still be provided with resources during these trying times. I want to ...
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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: Networking 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 ...
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Most architecture firms have fewer than 10 employees and small firm architects attend Conference at a higher rate than their large firm counterparts. Small firm practitioners can gain a great deal of knowledge and inspiration at each yearly convention and the Small Firm Exchange is focused on ensuring that there are numerous events and educational sessions particularly relevant for small firms. SFx at A'19 Those that did not attend last year’s convention, especially because they did not believe it would be worth their time and effort missed some great events. SFx planned several events for A’19 that not only provided outstanding social gatherings but also ...
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Small Business Challenges In order for a small firm owner to be competitive in a local hiring market, we often find ourselves needing to keep up with the benefits offered by larger firms. I started my office in 2010 and over the years I found I could only afford entry level staff to help me meet my contractual obligations. My strategy was to train young professionals to be able to support the production workload and accelerate their capabilities with intensive one-on-one time. What often occurred, though, was that after 2-3 years the staff member would get a better offer (more money and better benefits) from a larger firm and then leave. By the fourth departure ...
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“We could never have understood local needs without growing closer to the villagers themselves. Over time, they gave us insight into the most pressing issues of their community. This interplay of local and foreign knowledge was one of the most important aspects of the recovery process.” – Oliver Atwood The following first-person narrative was provided by Oliver Atwood, a recent UVA architecture school graduate and current Mark English architects employee who traveled to Nepal with Conscious Impact to help villagers rebuild after a major earthquake. Using local knowledge and ancient vernacular building techniques, re-purposed for the modern age, Oliver ...
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In early April I crossed the Atlantic to attend this year’s annual Design Week in Milan, Italy. It didn’t take much convincing when I first shared the idea with Mark — he immediately recognized the trip’s potential to inspire the team and replenish our materials library with Europe’s finds. In early April I crossed the Atlantic to attend this year’s annual Design Week in Milan, Italy. It didn’t take much convincing when I first shared the idea with Mark — he immediately recognized the trip’s potential to inspire the team and replenish our materials library with Europe’s finds. Bocci Cluster Pendant Light with Multi-color Hand-blown Globes ...
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“I like to make things. You can do things structurally with metal that you can’t do with other building materials. Steel is strong, so you need less of it, less bulk, to create a structure. It’s about tinkering, and paring down… how slender can I make this piece of steel and still have it work? Working with stairs, the question is, can I make a particular structural element any smaller?” – Jim Zack “When you become the client, you realize how hard it is to be a client. Working on our own homes has given me a lot more empathy for the role of the client. When you live in your own projects… you get a heightened understanding of where things should go, and how ...
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The AIA Contract Documents program has made some significant changes in the last few years, including the migration from the desktop product to the new online service, the addition of new and updated documents and an abundance of both document and product education. Document options There are two product options that allow the legal terms of the documents to be edited: Customizable single document and Unlimited-use 1-year access. Both allow you to edit the document’s legal language, share and track changes, a custom clause library, and the ability to create custom document templates. The difference is that while both versions allow unlimited drafts, ...
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The COTE Top Ten Toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings. The toolkit is designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects incorporating deep green principles from the beginning of every project. Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA and LEED fellow recently led a hands-on training on the COTE Toolkit in Portland, Maine. Gunnar is also on the National COTE Advisory Group. The work shop focused on understanding the various aspects of the Toolkit and how it can inform the design process through exploring various aspects of a project’s development. The COTE ...
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View this post on Instagram Fougeron Architecture @fougeronarch Photo Credit: Joe Fletcher @joefletcherphoto The Cut Out House is a 2500 square foot, three bedroom complete remodel of a San Francisco Victorian built over a century ago and previously untouched since the 1920s. Completed in 2017. . . . . #architecture #sanfrancisco #house#home #remodel #smallfirms #architects A post shared by AIA_SFx (@aia_sfx) on Jul 26, 2019 at 11:09am PDT
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