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Who We Are

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.

The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery - free webinar for AIA members

  • 1.  The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery - free webinar for AIA members

    Posted 10-25-2021 12:23 PM

    The AIA Trust is sponsoring this free webinar that will focus on the unique risks and rewards that architects may face when participating in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contracts. Panelists include: Laurie Canup, AIA, Principal at SRG Partnership and author of a recent risk report which the AIA Trust just published on this topic; Brett Earnest STS, LEED BD+C, Assoc. DBIA and Senior Vice President of Clark Construction Group, LLC; Kevin Collins, Managing Director and A&E Practice Leader at Victor Insurance. The panel will be moderated by AIA Trustee Glenn Birx, FAIA, LEED AP,
    Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects & Planners.

    The webinar will help participants to better understand the value proposition that IPD can provide building owners, the benefits and potential risks for the design team (some of which could be uninsurable), and some options for mitigating the inherent risks in these contracts. AIA Members will receive 1.5 Learning Unit credits for participating.

    Register for the webinar.

    For more information, read the risk report just published on this topic.



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