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Business Survey

The primary goal of the Small Firm Practice workgroup is to assemble “best practices” information and make it available to small firms, and the current focus is a targeted survey to collect information of small firm practice profiles. The workgroup plans to present the results of the survey in summary form and to present case studies of exemplary firms' practice management profiles in scales of 1, 2-4, and 5-9 person firms.

The “call to action” is for small firms to take the survey and help exchange information more specific to small firms’ interests and concerns. A “Beta version” of the survey used in Philadelphia has been critiqued and developed into an on-line format. It is ready for distribution, and encourage you to look to future reports in Newsletters. Join us in making this data more accurate by making sure your firm is represented in the survey results. You can take the survey on-line using this link.

We know you will be impressed with the data analytics “dashboard” we share in future newsletters to present the results for your use as benchmarks to better your practice.



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Small Firm Practitioner Collection at AIA National Convention

AIA National Convention has all of your small firm essentials in Philly this year, from workshops and seminars, to cocktails and networking. Check out the Small Firm Curated Collection for a list of events hand-picked by your peers and fill your schedule with indispensable sessions tailored to your small firm needs >

Meet Up at the SFx Lounge

If you’re a small firm or sole practitioner, you won’t want to miss the Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Lounge. Come by to meet new people, view a demo of the AIA Kinetic App 2.0, and discuss what challenges you most in the practice of architecture. Hear more about the Small Firm Practitioner Collection, a curated lineup of workshops, seminars, events, and other programs designed to help small firm architects unlock their power and apply the latest trends to their practice.

The SFx Lounge offers a great touch-down area, with comfortable lounge furniture, where you can catch up on your work or catch a brief mini-education session to learn about programs and benefits to help you in your practice! Look for the brightly colored cubes just outside of Hall E near the AIA Expo– stop by.

Sponsored by the AIA Trust.





2016 AIA Presidential Candidates Response to Small Firm Questions

Small Firm Exchange was presented with the unique opportunity to pose questions relevant to small firms to the 2016 candidates for AIA national office. After brainstorming during the 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA the group presented the following questions:

  1. Seventy-nine percent of member-owned firms are small firms (under 10 employees). Large firms tend to have integral leadership training. What new steps will you take to increase access to leadership development training for members working in small firms?
  2. What would you say to a small firm practitioner who does not see the value of membership,would you do anything differently to increase or promote the value AIA provides? 
  3. What do you believe are the prime issues facing small firms?
  4. How do you think the AIA public awareness campaign should acknowledge the work of small firms across a broad range of project types?

Read the candidate responses here.




AIA Leadership Programs

Looking for a leadership program in your region. Check out this list of national programs curated by the AIA Small Firm Exchange.


News on Small Firms

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