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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 for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies.
2. Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice; and
3. Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks.

  • 1.  RFP/RFQ sites

    Posted 01-06-2017 20:29

    How do YOU find architectural design RFP/RFQ's?

    Do you scour your local towns' websites hoping they've posted one? Or stay on top of your states BGS site? Maybe you've found one of the many sites that list RFP's for many different services/categories and taken a fleeting stab at design ones. I've found a couple of decent sites such as the one the AIA has partnered with (cmd insight, forgot the link). But I'm wondering if there's something better...

    If you have a site you've had success with, care to share the link with the masses?

    If you don't know of any good sites, is there a need for one specific to our services? I envision a site where developers and building owners can post RFP's that architects can reply to and drum up some healthy competition within our profession. I imagine it would benefit developers to get different proposals so they can better select an architect, and not just based on the cost of services or someone they've used in the past. And it would help us architects find projects.

    I'm struggling to find projects in my area, and yet I'm hearing of a couple of out-of-state firms opening branch offices in my state (Maine) because they're so busy.

    So... why is a LOCAL (to Maine) fully qualified, experienced, educated, Maine licensed and fully insured architect having such a hard time finding LOCAL (Maine) work?

    How do YOU find clients, besides repeat business and referrals?

    Michael Pednault AIA

    Windham, ME