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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.

The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I

  • 1.  The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I

    Posted 02-22-2021 04:45 PM

    The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)
    2021 Virtual Education Series Starts March 17th!



    The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I
    1 LU | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 1pm - 2:30pm ET

    Event Details & Registration are Here

    Contemporary neuroscience using MRI imaging of people's brains while they perform tasks has revealed a much more important role for memory in the creative process. The Iconic House Series will explore the ways our response to or experience of highly memorable houses may consciously or unconsciously influence our thought processes as residential designers. Each of the Iconic House and Iconic Room programs will ask three residential architects to present an Iconic House that has been personally important to them and to show one of their own design projects, explaining how their chosen Iconic example has influenced their thinking.

    The Durability and Details of Iconic Houses Program will explore how the details of iconic historic and modernist houses have contributed to their durability or lack thereof, and what we can learn from their successes and failures in detailing our own projects for durability. Restoring Iconic Houses will discuss the specific problems of restoring, and upgrading various systems essential to preserving architectural structures that are important to the history of our profession.

    Moderator: Stuart Cohen, FAIA

    Panelists:  Jean Rehkamp, AIA; Thomas Ryan, AIA; Chris Baker and Peter Moore, AIA

    Register Here



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    Kevin Harris Assoc. AIA
    Director, Sales & Marketing
    AGS Stainless, Inc.
    Bainbrdge Island WA
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