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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.

Spring Architectural Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin

  • 1.  Spring Architectural Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin

    Posted 01-25-2021 02:24 PM

    The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture is pleased to announce its Spring 2021 Lecture Series.

    All lectures are free and open to the public and will be conducted virtually via Zoom. All lectures will be live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel.

    With speakers hailing from across the globe, this semester's lineup represents an exciting range of contemporary voices and international perspectives. Lecturers representing a broad cross-section of cultural practices-including Pritzker Prize Laureates, video game designers, filmmakers, and beyond-will present talks that push the traditional boundaries of the design disciplines, address some of society's most pressing challenges, and help us reimagine the relationship between ourselves design and the world around us.  

    Guest lecturers in the series include Nathalie de Vries, Patricia Urquiola, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, Débora Mesa, Alberto Kalach, Flemming Rafn, Paola Antonelli, Kibwe Tavares, Jose Sanchez, and Piergianna Mazzocca.

    All lectures will take place at 12:30 PM unless noted otherwise.

    Monday, January 25th
    Nathalie DeVries
    Founder | MVRDV | Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    Monday, February 1st
    Patricia Urquiola
    Founder | Studio Urquiola | Milan, Italy

    Wednesday, February 3rd
    Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
    Co-founders | Grafton Architects | Dublin, Ireland

    Monday, February 8th
    Debora Mesa
    Founder | Ensamble Studio | Madrid, Spain

    Monday, February 22nd
    Alberto Kalach
    Founder | Taller de Arquitectura X | Mexico City, Mexico

    Wednesday, February 24th
    Flemming Rafn
    Founder | Tredje Natur | Copenhagen, Denmark

    Wednesday, March 10th
    Paola Antonelli
    Senior Curator | MoMA | New York City, New York

    Wednesday, April 7th
    Kibwe Tavares 
    Founder | Factory Fifteen | London, UK

    Wednesday, April 14th
    Jose Sanchez
    Director | Plethora-Project, U. Michigan | Detroit, Michigan

    Monday, April 19th
    Piergianna Mazzocca
    Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow | UTSOA | Austin, TX

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