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A'17 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2017
April 27-29, Orlando

 

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  • FR410 - 2017 AIA Small Project Design Awards: Reflection
    April 28 | 5-6pm | 1 LU/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    The Small Project Practitioners advisory group will present this year's award winners, awardees will discuss their design processes and projects, and jurors will offer insight into their selection process. Best of all, you'll have an opportunity to engage with jurors, awardees, and colleagues through a lively Q&A session.

  • SA115 -  Storytelling for Marketing: Small Projects Practitioners Short Film Series
    April 26 | 7-8am | 1 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Using the SPP Short Film Series as case studies, this session will demonstrate how architects can reframe their projects as narratives to connect with the public and benefit their practices. You'll view and discuss short videos while also gaining an understanding of different formats and techniques.

  • EV104 -  The Sunset Social Hosted by the AIA Knowledge Communities
    April 26 | 6-8pm | Lafayette's Restaurant and Bar | Learn More
    Kick off your convention experience with this popular event showcasing the many ways you can invest your talent with AIA's professional interest groups. Engage with dedicated volunteer leaders who share your passions and commitment as you enjoy festive cocktails, southern-inspired hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment. *This event takes place of SPP Reception.

  • ME304 -  Small Project Practitioner's Forum
    April 29 | 10:30-11:30am | 1 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Join the AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community for its inaugural collaborative forum. We'll share insights and challenges faced by today’s small project architects.

Explore the conference schedule with 500+ sessions by clicking here.

 

Significant Small Projects

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Share your good news!


Showcase your firm in The SPP Review 2016

The SPP Knowledge Community, is publishing the second edition of The SPP Review, an annual publication by and for SPP's members. Submit noteworthy, professional accomplishments and firm news from 2016 to share with your 9,500+ SPP national peers, friends, and clients.

Deadline for submissions is February 10
Projects will be selected by the SPP Advisory Group based on merit and compatibility with the theme: Reflection.
The total number of projects included will be based on quality of work submitted and space constraints.




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Closed. Thank you to all the participants.

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.


 

 


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.

Learn more >
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.


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.

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.



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.


Managing a Practice

Discover tools and resources you need to help guide your practice, regardless of the size of your firm including financial, practice and human resources as well as industry information.

Navigating the Economy

Discover practical tips and resources to help you and your firm navigate through a sluggish economy.

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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