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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.

Substack Newsletter Post: What do we design for? Who do we design for?

  • 1.  Substack Newsletter Post: What do we design for? Who do we design for?

    Posted 03-15-2021 05:44 PM
    I just published my latest newsletter post titled "What do we design for? Who do we design for?"
    It shares thoughts on what clients actually want and why I enjoy designing. I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas or feedback.

    I also have some design inspiration from Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA), a shout out to Iain MacKenzie and his site Next Portland, and recommended reading (both some articles and a couple books).

    Check it out:
    What do we design for? Who do we design for?

    And please subscribe if you are interested: A Better Built Environment | Lucas Gray


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    Lucas Gray Assoc. AIA
    Talkitect
    Brooklyn NY
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