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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.

Design + Practice Exchange (hosted by New Orleans and Austin)

  • 1.  Design + Practice Exchange (hosted by New Orleans and Austin)

    Posted 09-09-2020 06:29 PM
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    Join us for a 2-day virtual symposium on September 11th and 12th. 
    Design To Change is WIA New Orleans' annual Design + Practice Exchange: a two-day symposium of compelling conversations and design presentations, centering the voices of women in architecture. This year, the AIA + WIA New Orleans are partnering with WIA Austin to develop the second annual DPE with a renewed focus on equity and the environment.

    The goal of this program is to advance and promote women leaders of all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds in architecture and the allied design and building industries. This event is open to people of all gender identities, including men, queer, trans* and nonbinary people.  HSW and CEU Credits available.

    Friday, September 11
    9:00 AM | Keynote
    Dr. Michelle Thompson (New Orleans)
    Donna Carter, FAIA (Austin)
    10:15 | Mid-morning Break
    Dancing Grounds (New Orleans)
    10:30 AM | Paired Presentations: Educational Typologies
    Lauren Goldberg, AIA (Austin)
    Leona Tate + Jonathan House, AIA + Tighe Kirkland, Assoc. AIA (New Orleans)
    12:30 PM | Lunch Break
    1:30 PM | Afternoon Roundtables: Environmentally-Focused Design in Landscape, Residential and Equitable Housing
    Pippa Brashear + Liz Camuti - SCAPE (New Orleans)
    Katie Coyne  + Wenjie Zhao - Asakura Robinson (Austin)
    Ada Corral, AIA - Jobe Corral Architects (Austin)
    Miwako Hattori, AIA - Studio Kiro (New Orleans)
    Sara Satterlee, AIA - Mobile Fishes and Loaves (Austin)
    Bill Petersen, Jr., AIA - Artspace (New Orleans)
    Terri North - Providence Community Housing (New Orleans)
    4:30 PM | Concluding Remarks
    Saturday, September 12th
    9:00 AM | Virtual Tours: Live Stream + Discussion
    ACC Renovation: Lauren Goldberg  - BGK Architects (Austin)
    Schoolhouse: Melissa Rome, AIA and Brian Rome - Rome Office (New Orleans)
    McDonough 19 Renovations: Leona Tate + Manning Architects (New Orleans)
    10:00 AM | Mentorship Small Groups
    New Orleans: Judith Kinnard, FAIA; Megan Bell, AIA; Atianna Cordova, NOMA; Miriam Salas, AIA
    Austin: Christy Taylor, AIA; Sophia Razzaque, AIA; Lauren Goldberg, AIA; Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
    12:00 PM | Concluding remarks

    Julie Babin AIA
    Architect, studioWTA
    New Orleans LA
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