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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.

California Residential Architects: Fire Code Alert

  • 1.  California Residential Architects: Fire Code Alert

    Posted 11-16-2020 07:01 PM

    The 2022 California Building Code development process will begin detailed hearings in early 2021.  AIA California generally monitors this process and has noted some early discussion of potential changes to the California Fire code that may be of interest to California residential design architects and their clients.  A few examples:

    • Possible increase in road / bridge / culvert design standards from 75,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds
    • Possible increase in water storage requirements
    • Possible restrictions on development within 100 feet of 'ridgelines'
    • Possible changes to WUI requirements


    Let me know if you may have interest in being a part of a virtual group of California design professionals for review and comment of code change proposals for the California Fire Code which will be effective January 1 2023. 

    Michael Malinowski FAIA
    Code Consultant to AIA California
    Sacramento CA
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