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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.

  • 1.  3D printing for COVID-19

    Posted 03-30-2020 04:00 PM
    My colleague Jennifer White asked me to post the following message in response to the current need for health care masks:

    The medical community is facing extreme shortages of masks and ppe, including nearby hospitals and testing sites throughout Illinois and Indiana. We are reaching out to everyone in the industry to help by using available 3d printers to produce these masks. There is a template for producing face masks with 3D printers that can be sterilized and reused, reducing the amount of required filtration material that is in short supply across the world. There is a company that can supply the filters to fit these masks. Please refer to the below link for templates and instructions on how you can help.  There is also a company in Valparaiso, IN producing these masks and asking to borrow any available printing equipment. Please check with local organizations on what options there would be for donation, or if there would be rebates available for the costs. 

    Chyanne Husar AIA, LEED BD+C
    husARchitecture Inc
    Chicago IL