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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.  Writing about design and the built environment

    Posted 03-02-2021 05:32 PM
    Hey Small Project Design Community,

    One of my goals for 2021 is to write more - using writing as way to stay engaged with the design community, follow news and trends affecting our built environment, and process my thoughts on different issues. To challenge myself I started a substack newsletter that I hope to publish once every week or two. Below is a link to the latest edition that I just published yesterday that I thought some of you may be interested in.

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    This email may get truncated by your email server. To read the whole thing make sure to expand the email if it gets cut off at the bottom. This newsletter covers the things that I'm thinking about on a daily or weekly basis.
    View this on Substack >

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    Lucas Gray Assoc. AIA
    Brooklyn NY

  • 2.  RE: Writing about design and the built environment

    Posted 03-04-2021 10:45 AM
    Very interesting.!  You go Boy.!

    Nelson B. Nave AIA
    Nelson Breech Nave, AIA Architect
    Kalamazoo MI