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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 the value of small firms, the national SFx, and local
         SFx groups, both within the AIA and to the public.
     2. Curate and disseminate the most pertinent resources and
         information, from the AIA & elsewhere, that benefit small firms.

     3. Inform the AIA of current issues facing small firms and areas
         in which current resources/information are lacking.

Approximately 75% of all firms within the AIA are small firms (10 employees or less), which equates to 14,288 small firms within the organization. 

~25% = sole practitioners = 4,750

~35% = 1-5 employees = 6,650

~15% = 5-10 employees = 2,850

We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.

Be sure to "Join our Community" !  This will ensure that you're a part of our mailing list and receive our quarterly newsletter and important small firm information.

  • 1.  A Great CRAN Virtual Event!

    Posted 01-13-2021 11:26 PM

    An Upcoming AIA New York CRAN Virtual Event

    ResArch Practice: High-Performance Homebuilders

    On behalf of the AIA National CRAN Executive Committee, I want to draw your attention to an upcoming residential design event that we are confident you will enjoy. It's a live webinar entitled: "Aiming for Near-Zero Carbon Homes". I recently participated in an event where I heard one of the panelists, Michael Ingui, speak on the subject - and I was very impressed.

    In addition to sharing a number of thoughtful insights into passive house design, he explained how to get your residential clients onboard. Something I think many architects and builders interested in including more of this work into their projects will appreciate. Michael discourages the use of industry jargon with clients. Instead of mentioning sustainability, or other industry terms, he encourages helping the client to understand the specific benefits they will gain from the inclusion of the energy-conserving products and design strategies you are recommending. In other words, instead of telling them about sustainability - talk about being totally comfortable in your home, in the dead of winter with snow all around, with the heat inside your home turned off!



    Aiming for Near-Zero Carbon Homes

    Jan 26, 2021

    2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW

    The cost of the live webinar event is $5.00 for AIANY members and $10.00 for all other AIA members.

    *This event will be occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

    ResArch Practice, presented by the AIANY Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), is a series of conversations between designers, contractors, and verifiers who have pursued or achieved LEED and Passive House certification for homes. ResArch Practice is a series of conversations between designers, contractors, and verifiers who have pursued or achieved LEED and Passive House certification for homes. Please join us to hear four interviews between high-performance homebuilders and the residential design consultants they worked with to create near-zero carbon homes. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and benefits of near-zero carbon and low-impact construction and participate in a live roundtable discussion between the moderator, panelists, and audience. 



    Zack Semke, Director and Curator of Programming, PH Accelerator



    Miguel Ingui, Partner, Baxt Ingui Architects

    Jennifer Mowery Marsh, AIA, LEED, Partner, Mowery Marsh Architects

    Brian Marsh, AIA, LEED, Partner, Mowery Marsh Architects

    James Moriarty, Vice President, Sustainable Comfort, Inc

    Michelle Tinner, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Comfort, Inc



    Organized by:

    AIANY Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)

    Kevin Harris Assoc. AIA
    Secretary, Executive Committee, AIA National CRAN
    Member, Board of Trustees, NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC)
    Member, Board of Trustees, NAHB Remodelers (NAHBR)
    Director, Sales & Marketing
    AGS Stainless, Inc.
    Bainbridge Island WA
    AGS Stainless is an AIA National Cornerstone Partner
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