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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.

SFx Flipboard Magazine & Instagram

  • 1.  SFx Flipboard Magazine & Instagram

    Posted 04-28-2020 06:22 PM
    Edited by Matthew Clapper AIA 04-28-2020 06:23 PM
    Hi Everyone,

    As the head of Outreach this year for the AIA National Small Firm Exchange Group I just wanted to alert you to some new efforts we have undertaken to help everyone out.

    The first is that we have created our own SFx Magazine on Flipboard, which can be found here:

    All current and previous SFx representatives have the ability to add articles they come across, that pertain to small firm issues, so that it can become a great single resource for all small firm owners to find up to date information on issues we all are facing.  (Tech, Leadership, Covid-19, etc)

    The second initiative is the SFx Instagram account.  We are using our instagram account to highlight small firms or specific projects created by small firms.  To submit your own projects, or firm profile, to be included and gain some more exposure, just click the following link and fill out the form.  The account handle is @AIA_SFX, so be sure to follow it as well.

    I hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these crazy times!

    Matthew Clapper, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    MAD (Modern Architecture & Development, LLC)