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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 Firms & the 2030 Commitment: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice

  • 1.  Small Firms & the 2030 Commitment: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice

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    Small Firms & the 2030 Commitment: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice
    AIA Oregon SFx Zoom Meeting, Thursday May 18th from 12-1pm PST

    Nate Kipnis, FAIA is a small firm owner of Kipnis Architecture & Planning based in Illinois. He is founding member of the AIA's 2030 Commitment Working Group in 2009, and is spearheading an effort to grow small firms signatories to the AIA's 2030 Commitment on the SFx National Board. The 2030 Commitment is an actionable climate strategy that gives us a set of standards and goals for reaching net zero emissions in the built environment. As an early adopter of the 2030 Commitment & a consistent advocate for climate action, Nate will discuss first hand how his small firm, which focuses primarily on single family residential projects, has supported the commitment. Nate will offer myth busting advice on how small firms can join the 2030 Commitment and share available resources to help document progress.

    Find more information about the 2030 Commitment here including guides, case studies, & resources. The AIA Code of Ethics also includes obligations to the environment aligned with the 2030 Commitment, to read more about architect's ethical responsibilities regarding energy conservation, water usage, ecosystems & climate change access the Code of Ethics document. Time for Q&A will be provided to discuss firm & project specifics related to the 2030 Commitment.

    Jennifer Wright, AIA
    studio RALLYMADE
    Portland OR