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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.

  • 1.  AIADC SFx Event: Design your Marketing!

    Posted 09-16-2022 06:36 AM
    Design Your Marketing is a virtual event on Tuesday, 27 September at 6pm featuring a conversation with two local architects and a national marketing consultant.  The presentation starts with an array of topics on how small firms can strategically market themselves to bolster their business presence and then move into a panel format with questions from the audience.  Speakers will talk about successes and failures, tips and tricks, as well as present proven strategies for marketing a small firm.  Free for all AIA / Associate AIA Members.

    Sign up at Design Your Marketing | AIA|DC

    Sponsored by Pella Windows

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    Will Teass AIA
    will@teass-warren.com
    Teass \ Warren Architects
    Washington DC
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  • 2.  RE: AIADC SFx Event: Design your Marketing!

    Posted 09-22-2022 11:28 AM
    Thanks for sharing. I shared this with our Houston Small Firm Roundtable.

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    Alyssia Makarewicz AIA
    AMB Architects
    Houston TX
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