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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 (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

For context, small firms share of staff is 16.0% and share of billings is 12.0%

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

   

  

  • 1.  AIA NYS, NJ & PA Small Firm Symposium Webinar Series

    Posted 03-14-2024 03:06 PM

    The 2024 Small Firm Symposium, hosted by AIA NY, NJ, and PA, offers a dynamic five-part online series focused on ownership transition, expansion, enhancing visibility, AI in design, and business development for small architecture firms. Industry professionals will lead discussions on relevant trends and challenges, providing actionable strategies. You can join the entire series or choose specific sessions, making it a flexible and valuable opportunity for firm leaders seeking to innovate and grow their firms.

    Schedule

    • Tuesday, April 2 | Part 1: Preparing for Successful Ownership Transition and Expansion (1.5 LUs)
    • Tuesday, April 9 | Part 2: Preparing for Successful Ownership Transition and Expansion (1.5 LUs)
    • Tuesday, April 16 | From Unnoticed to Unforgettable: Mastering News-Driven Strategies for Your Firm's Visibility (1.5 LUs)
    • Thursday, April 18 | AI Image Generation - Prompt Design and Engineering (Submitted for AIA CES credits)
    • Thursday, May 2 | Building a Culture of Business Development (1.0 LU)

    Registration Fees

    • AIA Member (All States): $175 Entire Series | $45 per session
    • Non-member: $230 Entire Series | $70 per session

    Register here

    We would be happy to discuss a revenue sharing agreement for your Small Firm Exchange, Component or Chapter. Contact Mike Cocca at mcocca@aianys.org with any questions.



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    Michael Cocca
    AIA New York State
    Albany NY
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  • 2.  RE: AIA NYS, NJ & PA Small Firm Symposium Webinar Series

    Posted 30 days ago

    This is so fantastic!  I would love to see more of these types of events!



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    Dana Ellis AIA
    The Outpost Studio
    Carbondale CO
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  • 3.  RE: AIA NYS, NJ & PA Small Firm Symposium Webinar Series

    Posted 29 days ago
    Will defintely be sharing this event with our small firm members here in Oregon!
    Thanks-
    Jen

    Jennifer Wright, AIA | LEED AP BD+C
    Founder | Architect | Interior Designer | she/her
    National AIA Small Firms Exchange (SFx) Board member & Oregon rep

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