June 2017

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Small Firm Exchange
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  The Architect’s Business Plan – Six Reasons To Sell Out Now   Business Model Survey 2017  

A simplified start to a business plan for the small firm, or any firm with limited leader and management level resources, is to list the reasons you could identify to establish value in your firm. Imagine for a moment you were building it up to run as a business for someone else, like yourself, who could purchase and invest their life efforts in the practice over time.

Join the 2016 SFx Practice Workgroup Chair and Andrews University Professor, Thomas Lowing, AIA, as he guides you though six reasons for firm principals to sell to themselves as investors, identifying the value of (“and sell out to”) continuing the professional practices of the firm.


The Business Model Survey was designed to identify and measure the variety and commonalities in existing small firm models. Participants should be AIA members who are (i) sole practitioners and (ii) architects in firms engaged in whole or in part in the practice of architecture, with a maximum of 10 total staff members.

Take the survey!




A'17 Recap A'17 SFx Firm Tour Kinetic: Project Close-Out

Bootcamps, cocktails, tours, lounges, awards and seminars! A'17 in sunny Orlando was one for the books and the Small Firm Exchange was front and center. Did we mention Michelle Obama? Press rewind with the A'17 recap.

Want to check out photos from the SFx experience at A'17? Click here.

Already pumped and primed for A'18? Get a head start on New York here.

Process Architecture, Graphaus Design, Michael Wenrich Architects, and JJV Studio make up Midtown Architecture Studio and served as hosts of the 2017 SFx Firm Tour. Attendees had a look into a collaborative office space and work model that has afforded the firms much success. The tour was followed by a visit to the Edible Education Experience project, recently completed by the collaborative, and drinks at Imperial Wine Bar located directly beneath the studio.

Check out photos tour here.

The project close-out is one of the most important aspects of the architect’s services because it is the service most remembered by the owner. The last thing we want is for our clients to feel dissatisfied, so we must remember to create a smooth and complete close-out.

Learn more here.


  AIA Innovation Awards   BQE: Thanks for joining us!   AIA Trust: Small Firm Solutions  

Technology innovations touch every aspect of our lives, and they’re at the center of some of the most exciting advancements in architecture. AIA’s Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) teams with some of the most important technology leaders to offer this award, which showcases excellence at the intersection of data and design.

View the submission preview, including all submission requirements.


It was a pleasure to have you at the AIA Small Firm Exchange Lounge during this year's AIA Conference in Orlando. We hope you enjoyed the 2017 conference and were able to apply some key takeaways in your firm.

ArchiOffice advocates the successful management of your business by allowing you full control over your projects and clear visibility into your firm's finances, with the ability to efficiently manage the right mix of people, projects and profitability at your fingertips. Learn more here.


What to Do About Employee Benefits

A wide range of employee benefits that small firms can consider won’t create a financial burden on the employer. To find out more about these benefits, their financial implications, and how much to contribute to attract and retain top talent while managing firm expenses, click here.

New Video!

Find out how AIA members at any stage of career can have the AIA Trust as your partner; click here to find out more in the new video!

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