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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 (less than 10 employees), which equates to 14,459 small firms within the organization.

~26.8% = sole practitioners = 5,173

~33.5% = 1-5 employees = 6,459

~14.7% = 5-10 employees = 2,827

We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.



AIA Needs Your Help - Feedback Due Feb 28th

  • 1.  AIA Needs Your Help - Feedback Due Feb 28th

    Posted 02-09-2023 09:46 AM
    Edited by Kathleen McCormick 02-09-2023 09:45 AM

    SFX members, Please see a message below from AIA President Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, on an important business matter. While this is a federal policy, we know that it trickles down to state and local work. Please review and contribute as you are able. We need the voice of small firms!


    AIA is seeking your feedback and insight for examples on how the scope, demands, and expectations of the architectural profession has expanded in the past seven decades. Please feel free to refer to the hyperlinked memo here for more background information on this initiative. Please navigate to the survey where you can provide your feedback via the link here.

    For more background, AIA is moving forward with a federal policy initiative to eliminate an arbitrary 6% 'limitation' on architectural design services for relevant federal construction contracts. To prove our case that the 6% limitation, or 'cap,' on architectural design fees is out-of-date with 21st-century demands, we need additional information from AIA-members on real-world examples to how the scope of the architecture profession has expanded since the 6% limitation's inception in 1949.

    AIA appreciates any information you could share to this effect. Please feel free to navigate to a survey link here to provide information.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Blake Nanney, at


    Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA

    2023 AIA President

    sent via:
    Kathleen McCormick
    Director, Firm Engagement
    American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC

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