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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

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.  Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 18 days ago

    Hello,

    I am seeking recommendations for insurance providers or brokers for my small architecture firm based in Brooklyn, NY.

    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Best regards,

    Gemma



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    Gemma Devesa Gasco AIA
    Gemma Devesa Architecture PLLC
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 2.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 17 days ago

    I use Matt Mullard at B Brown. Rates are good and they know the business pretty well.

    Matthew Mullard

    matt.mullard@bbrown.com

    O (585-385-0428)  | C (315-719-8670) | F (585)-662-5755107 Audubon Road

    Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880

    BBrown.com | NYSE: BRO



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    Jeffrey Schantz AIA
    Research Workplace Design PLLC
    Lakewood Ranch FL
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  • 3.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 16 days ago
    I'm a small practice in Brooklyn and use Porter & Associates. Christy is very helpful. Her contact info is below. 

    Christy Chen 

    Porter & Yee Associates, Inc.

    PO Box 81

    Fort Lee, NJ 07024

    Main Phone: (212) 732-4575 ext. 1002

    Direct Line: (646) 736-0374

    Email: Christy.Chen@porteryee.com

    Fax: (718) 550-3032


    Jorge Salgado, AIA

    PELLETIER SALGADO

    BROOKLYN, NY

    917 291 3109

    www.pelletiersalgado.com 

    Sent from my iPhone






  • 4.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 16 days ago
    I am a one man firm and I use RFI Insurance through PCI in the Detroit area.  
    It is very reasonable.


    Nelson Breech Nave, AIA, Architect
    100 N. Edwards St.
    Kalamazoo MI 49007
    269-343-0040 (office)
    269-207-3063 (cell)






  • 5.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 15 days ago
    AXA has been good for me.
    Don't forget General Liability coverage.  

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    best regards,
    Joel Niemi
    - Architect
    425.422.4276
    jniemiarchitect@gmail.com
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/jniemiarchitect





  • 6.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 15 days ago

    I use AXA/XLDP through my insurance broker for my E&O and Hartford for my General, Auto, Workers Comp (BOPP) Policy.  I have been with AXA/XL for a long time and they have been great.  There are ways to get your premium down as well.  You can have a higher deductible of course.  The good thing about AXA/XL is they have great CEU's that count for HSW as well.  If you do one of their hour credits it will reduce your premium.  On your annual audit, if you include Limitation of Liability Clauses in your contracts, they have a formula they use to give you a credit for that.  When I started with AXA/XLDP about 22 years ago they had a small firm policy with a guaranteed rate for 3 years.  You could ask if they still have that.



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    Brian McNew AIA
    McNew Architecture, APAC
    Shreveport LA
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  • 7.  RE: Seeking Insurance Recommendations for Small Architecture Firm in Brooklyn, NY

    Posted 11 days ago

    Fenner and Esler out of New Jersey are fantastic to work with for many of our Pennsylvania firms.  https://fenner-esler.com/



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    Susan Frear
    AIA Pennsylvania
    New Cumberland PA
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