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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.  Climate change

    Posted 09-29-2021 02:51 PM

    The AIA Trust is cosponsoring this webinar with Victor insurance which you may find of interest - free to AIA members and 1 HSW credit is offered. Check it out!

    Taking the Lead to Address Climate Change

    October 18, 2021; 1 PM – 2 PM ET

    Extreme climate variability means design firms must respond with solutions and take the lead in adapting the built world to climate change while mitigating worsening impacts. With power and responsibility comes risk. The pace of developments, the changing regulatory/policy landscape, the costs for integrating new systems, materials, and technologies– all require significant time and due diligence. This program will discuss the challenges that professionals face, strategies for managing risks, and the support professional liability insurance provides while they provide innovative solutions to address the changing climate. Registration is free of charge to all AIA members and attendees will receive 1 HSW/LU AIA Continuing Education Credits.


    You can see all AIA Trust webinars on our new website here.

    Ann Casso Hon. AIA
    Executive Director, AIA Trust
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
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