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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.  Building Code education series

    Posted 01-25-2021 02:53 PM
    Good afternoon,
    Our Academy committee has organized a nine-part, continuing education series on the building code, running monthly, Feb 10 through Oct 13, 2021.
    The entire series will be available on Zoom and registration is open to AIA members and non-members.
    Individuals can register for the entire series or a la carte (we're having some website calendar issues so only four of the nine are currently posted, the rest should hopefully be up by next week).
    Feb. 10, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapters 3, 5, and 6, Use Group, Height and Area, Type of Construction 3 LU/HSW
    March 10, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapter 10 Means of Egress 3 LU/HSW
    April 14, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapters 7 and 8, Fire Resistance and Interior Finishes – 3 LU/HSW
    May 12, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems – 3 LU/HSW
    June 9, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapter 11 Accessibility – 3 LU/HSW
    July 14, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapter 34 Existing Buildings – 3 LU/HSW
    Aug. 11, 2021 // 7:30-9:30am EST - Chapter 34 section 12 Compliance Alternatives 2 LU/HSW
    Sept. 8, 2021 // 7:30-10:30am EST - Chapter 17 Special Inspection 3 LU/HSW
    Oct. 13, 2021 // 7:30-9:30am EST - Chapter 16 Structural Design – 2 LU/HSW

    Series registration: Code Academy Series Registration


    Julie Carpenter
    Executive Director
    AIA Cincinnati
    Cincinnati OH
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  • 2.  RE: Building Code education series

    Posted 01-26-2021 05:48 PM
    Will these Zoom presentations be recorded and available later?  I have a commitment at that exact time every month.

    Suzie Van Cleave AIA
    Principal Architect
    Van Cleave Architecture + Design
    Milwaukee WI

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  • 3.  RE: Building Code education series

    Posted 01-27-2021 07:30 PM
    Hi Julie,

    Will these sessions be recorded? I'm on the west coast and probably will not be up for a 4:30 am webinar. 

    Thank you,

    Daniel Guich
    (415) 683-9600

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