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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.

AIADC SFx Event: The Anatomy of a Small Firm

  • 1.  AIADC SFx Event: The Anatomy of a Small Firm

    Posted 03-16-2022 07:34 AM
    The Washington DC SFx & Emerging Architects committees are hosting a free virtual event next Tuesday (22 March) from 6p - 7:30pm, and we are extending an invitation to the entire AIA CRAN / SFx community.

    Starting an architecture firm can be a daunting task, and being a small firm owner requires one to confront a wide range of responsibilities and considerations, including firm structure, business development and marketing, financial planning and management, and risk management.

    During this round-table discussion, we will explore the anatomy of a small firm, from early decisions and planning at a firm's inception, successfully navigating firm growth and adapting to unforeseen challenges, to succession planning and establishing a firm's legacy.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the primary considerations and challenges that go into starting and maintaining a small firm.
    • Identify the resources available to assist owners establish and maintain their practice.
    • Investigate the role personal identity plays in firm identity.
    • Explore strategies for avoiding common pitfalls, preventing burnout, promoting firm growth and a positive firm culture, and planning a smooth transition of ownership.
    For more information and to sign up:
    The Anatomy of a Small Firm | AIA|DC

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