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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.

Newsletter Post: Taking A Different Path

  • 1.  Newsletter Post: Taking A Different Path

    Posted 03-24-2021 04:20 PM
    Hello AIA Friends and Colleagues,

    I just posted the latest addition of my newsletter (you can subscribe here by the way:, where I share a bit about my background in architecture, some design inspiration, recommended articles and books I've been reading, and a shout out to Architechie. Read it here:
    Taking A Different Path
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    Taking A Different Path
    There is no right way to pursue a career in architecture. There are a myriad ways each of us can impact the profession, serve clients and the public, and design a better built environment.
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    If you have any recommendations on great people doing great things that I should features in the newsletter please let me know. I'm always looking to highlight the amazing work being done in the world. Also, please subscribe and share the newsletter with your friends and colleagues. Thank you!

    Lucas Gray Assoc. AIA, SEED
    Brooklyn, NY
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