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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.



register for COTE Open Forum - June 24

  • 1.  register for COTE Open Forum - June 24

    Posted 05-25-2021 01:34 PM

    Architects and allied professionals: We are in a practice transformation. Join us to connect and exchange ideas and best practices.

    The AIA Committee on the Environment is hosting the COTE Open Forum on June 24, from 330-5pm ET as we explore COTE's mission of climate action and climate justice through design.

    This is the event that we usually have at the Conference, which would have been in Philadelphia this year. 

    We are delighted to have a special guest, Christine Knapp, who is Director of Sustainability at the City of Philadelphia, as our kick-off speaker ... and then we'll have breakouts sessions focused on four topics -- advocacy, electrification, resilience, and the 2030 Commitment -- that are pertinent to architects and allied professionals throughout the country, whether they are presently connected to one of COTE's 55 local/state AIA COTE chapters or not. (And if not, this would be a great way to get to know some folks in those chapters!)

    Register (free) here:

    2021 COTE Open Forum

    Questions? send them to me on this platform or at

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA