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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.  Call for AIA SFx New State Reps !

    Posted 10-21-2021 12:06 PM
    Call for AIA Small Firm Exchange State Representatives is open till the end of October. This is a new role for the AIA SFx, and we looking for new representatives for each State.

    Check out this link below for more info:

    Apply Here

    Venesa Alicea AIA
    New York NY

  • 2.  RE: Call for AIA SFx New State Reps !

    Posted 10-25-2021 10:43 AM
    Venesa, how can individual members and chapters send letters of support for candidates?
    Thank you,
    Curt Wilson, AIA
    Wilson Architecture
    Eugene, OR

    Curtis Wilson AIA
    Wilson Architecture
    Eugene OR

  • 3.  RE: Call for AIA SFx New State Reps !

    Posted 10-25-2021 10:54 AM

    Hi Curt,


    There is a space in the application to paste recommendation text. You are also welcome to email a letter directly to me, the SFX staff liaison, at


    Sincerely, Kathleen



    Kathleen McCormick, CAE

    Director, Firm Engagement


    The American Institute of Architects

    1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006

    T (202) 626 7450

    F (202) 626 8052