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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 (less than 10 employees), which equates to 14,459 small firms within the organization.

~26.8% = sole practitioners = 5,173

~33.5% = 1-5 employees = 6,459

~14.7% = 5-10 employees = 2,827

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



  • 1.  Video Share: Business Dev & Communications

    Posted 07-10-2020 11:34 AM
    Back in May, Iben Falconer  and Iva Kravitz  gave presentations for the AIA New York | Center for Architecture on business development and communications fundamentals, which should be helpful to firms of all sizes, so wanted to share here. 

    The links are below:

    The Strategist: Business Development Fundamentals - 05.20.2020
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    The Strategist: Business Development Fundamentals - 05.20.2020
    The global pandemic and resulting economic fallout are having a huge impact on the AEC industry. Now more than ever it is imperative to develop a business development strategy and tactics that will allow your firm to survive and thrive.
    View this on Vimeo >

    Venesa Alicea AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
    New York NY

  • 2.  RE: Video Share: Business Dev & Communications

    Posted 07-13-2020 08:21 PM
    Thanks for sharing, Vanessa! This is a great presentation and a wonderful resource for the AIA community.


    Kevin Malawski AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
    Karbon Architects