The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:1. Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies.2. Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice; and3. Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks.
Bradley, I have discussed transition plans with many firms across the country and there tends to be three overlapping considerations: ownership, governance and leadership. You have great latitude in elevating someone to a leadership position with or without ownership and/or a say in the overall governance of the firm. Relative to your question about titles and what distinguishes the positions, there are various models, with most Associate, Sr. Associate, Associate Principal, and Principal titles taking on different levels of firm-wide responsibility and governance. Among the criteria some firms use for determining eligibility for these positions: