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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.



Call for Presentations | Small Firm Symposium | AIA New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

  • 1.  Call for Presentations | Small Firm Symposium | AIA New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

    Posted 06-02-2022 03:58 PM

    Call for Presentations

    AIA New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are hosting a virtual Small Firm Symposium: Embracing Change, Innovating for the Future on Thursday, November 17 & Friday November 18.

    They are seeking small firm practitioners to submit cutting edge presentations on how small firms can operate more effectively and excel in today's competitive marketplace. Presentations should be in a 90-minute, virtual interactive format focusing on these aspects of managing and operating a successful small firm: 


    Contract administration, liability issues, transitioning your firm, risk management, project delivery, labor law updates, insurance issues, onboarding policies


    Identifying new business operation strategies; cultivating new business, retaining existing clients, building your brand strategies; how to diversify your firm's services, attracting and maintaining highly productive staff; benefits and opportunities of working for a small firm, creating a positive office culture; improving negotiation and communication skills


    Investing in new technology to remain competitive; using technology for sustainable and resilient design; maximizing workflow and productivity; using virtual reality technology

    You may submit you presentation here. Deadline to submit your presentation is June 29.

    Questions? Contact Mike Cocca, AIA NYS Director of Education and Marketing at 518.449.3334 or


    Venesa Alicea-Chuqui AIA
    Nyvarch Architecture
    Wood-Ridge NJ
    2023 RUDC Symposium