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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.



Small Firm Exchange - Picks for A'23

  • 1.  Small Firm Exchange - Picks for A'23

    Posted 05-05-2023 11:26 AM
    Edited by Kathleen McCormick 05-15-2024 01:58 PM

    Hi everyone,

    We have put together a short list of relevant topic sessions for A'23 this year. There are many relevant sessions but we tried to narrow it down a bit. We have two SFx events this year:

    Thursday -  10 - 11am | EV 201 Small Firm Meetup: Collective Resources ($5)
    Saturday 1 - 2:30pm | EV402 | SMALL FIRM EXCHANGE FORUM - COME NETWORK!

    Let us know if there is anything we can do to help or connect for you at A'23. Hope to see you there!

    PDF attached or link here: 

    SFx A'23 Picks - Online

    Hayley Ruthrauff AIA
    Simbiotek Design Lab, Inc.