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Buildings that guide you through them while providing you with enough information to make meaningful decisions along the way can make for quite profound experiences. Embed within your architecture a succession for a meaningful sense of place—where memories can be shaped and built form can transcend the senses. – Maria Lorena Lehman

The theme for this year's competition is reflection. The word reflection has many meanings—the return of light or sound waves from a surface, the production of an image by or as if by a mirror, an often obscure or indirect criticism, a thought, or an idea or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation to name only a few.

In this unique design competition, you will need to create a sense of place within the confines of a 10' x 10' x 8' space.


Deadline: February 10, 2017 before 5pm ET.

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2017 AIA Small Project Awards


Studio Dental by Montalba Architects, 2016 recipient

Recognizing the best in small project design | Reflection

We are no longer accepting submissions. Thank you to everyone that participated.
The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the 2017 AIA Small Project Awards, to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small project design. This program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.

This year's theme, Reflection, will recognize projects that engage the idea of Reflection and incorporate concepts and elements relating to this theme. The theme is intentionally open-ended to encourage wide interpretation.

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View last year's recipients >

 

Research Grant Final Report:
2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design


Congratulations to Tricia Stuth, AIA and Ted Shelton, FAIA for their winning propsal, Leveraging Existing Custom Fabrication Abilities in the Design of Small Affordable Houses.

Project narrative: Calling on custom fabrication abilities widely available in the timber home and roof truss manufacturing industries, this research explores their potential for architectural expression and space making in small, inexpensive, light wood framed houses.

Read the full report.
Read the full proposal.


They will continue to work and document new developments in a blog.

Ongoing work includes:
  • Interoperability experiments with a truss manufacturer to see how easily their software talks to Revit and/or Sketchup. (in process)
  • Several upcoming blog posts on lessons learned at the SBC convention (in process)
  • Development of our selected house design and, working with a component manufacturer, creation of an associated DD set of drawings



About the grant:

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one design professional to conduct research on a topic related to residential design on a small scale or by small firms.

 

2016 AIA Small Project Awards
Recognizing the best in small project design



The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the 2016 AIA Small Project Awards, to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small project design. This program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.

This year’s Small Project Award theme, SMALL GESTURE BIG IMPACT, intends to recognize projects that make a noticeable impact with measured and thoughtful gestures through architecture. This may include small interventions or larger gestures on the built environment.

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Significant Small Projects- Cleveland

C-House by Robert Maschke, FAIA

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Submissions closed: 2016 Small Project Awards Programs

We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2016 Small Project Awards.

Thank you to those who participated! We will announce the winners early next year.

See the 2015 Small Project Awards Recipients

 

 

 

Out of Scale

The AIA’s Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community’s Advisory Group
launched the Small Project Awards program in 2005 to celebrate work whose creativity and impact are “Out of Scale.”

 

 


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AIA Contract Documents

AIA Document A145™–2015
Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project is a streamlined, homeowner-friendly document created to meet the needs of residential design-builders. 

AIA Document C102™–2015
Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member for the Purpose of Responding to a Solicitation and Pursuing a Project establishes the parties’ responsibilities in pursuing a project and requires them to negotiate project agreements up front. 


AIA Document G742™–2015

Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project

AIA Document G743™–2015

Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project 


The new G742™–2015
Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project and attendant G743™–2015,     Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project are convenient forms on which the design-builder can apply for payment and the owner can certify the amount due.  These forms round out the AIA’s commercial Design-Build Family of documents.



BIM for Small Projects Videos


There is a widely shared perception that small firms and sole practitioners cannot take advantage of Building Information Modeling due to such factors as its cost, complexity, training time, and productivity for small projects. These case studies, presented by architects who work in small firms or as sole practitioners, will demonstrate how BIM has enhanced their practices and enabled them to create excellent projects.

This is a series of “BIM for Small Projects” by the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community, where architects share their experiences.

View the first webinar. View the second webinar.


Resources

Small Project Practitioners Round Table Toolkit

The toolkit serves as a resource for those wishing to engage in individual study and group discussions at the local level.


Resources for Small Firms

Our small firm resources help you find tips and solutions especially geared for you, the small-project practitioner.


AIA Trust for Small Firms

Most AIA Trust programs are aimed at small firms that don’t have an HR or legal department to evaluate and administer benefits. From a sole proprietorship to a firm of 10 employees, smaller firms will find many AIA Trust programs well suited to their needs. Learn more.


Small Firm Round Table Videos

AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA *Meet Small Firm Owner and SPP Member 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA

Jeffrey Rosenblum, FAIA and Michael Stanton, FAIA
Richard Capshaw, Esq.
Steve Stephanides, Beazley Group
Duane Repko, Victor O. Shinnerer & Company
Guy LeVan, XL Insurance
John Willard, Zurich A/E
Bradford Russell, AIA
Ann Casso, AIA Trust
Lisa Stacholy, AIA


AIA Contract Documents License for Small Firms

AIA Contract Documents give you the Industry Standard—the most widely used contracts by architects, contractors and owners alike. Did you know that, as an AIA Member, you can access the entire library of AIA Contract Documents with our user-friendly software for as little as $199? Learn more about the Docs 100 License and Documents on Demand.

 

Small Projects and Small Firms Idea Exchange

Small Projects and Small Firms Idea Exchange offers advice and commentary by and about small-firm and small-project architects like you.


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