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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.

AIA COTE Top Ten Awards: submissions due January 15

  • 1.  AIA COTE Top Ten Awards: submissions due January 15

    Posted 11-26-2019 10:23 AM

    AIA COTE Top Ten Awards: submit by January 15

    Each year, the AIA COTE® Top Ten Awards recognizes 10 projects that exemplify the integration of design excellence and sustainable performance. The program elevates achievements in design across measures of social, economic, and environmental value. The awards are increasingly looking for projects that demonstrate sustainability and high performance to make an impact in the current climate crisis. Start your submission today. 

    The Top Ten is the flagship program of AIA COTE, which has been leading and defining design excellence for 30 years. The Top Ten is still the most recognized awards program for leading-edge architecture demonstrating the fusion of design and performance. Don't miss the opportunity to submit for the 2020 awards cycle, which will celebrate the integrated teams and forward-thinking clients who create these projects -- and share their lessons with the industry. 

    And what a jury: Bob Berkebile, FAIA, BNIM; Roy Decker, FAIA, Duval Decker; William Horgan, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Grimshaw; Andrea Love, AIA, Payette; and Vivian Loftness, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University.

    #beyondthebuilding #leadingedge #designforfuture #climateaction #COTE30years

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA