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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

We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.



AIAU - Getting Paid: Don’t Forget Your Lien Rights 

07-18-2019 03:07 PM

Getting Paid: Don’t Forget Your Lien Rights

Learn about lien rights from experts in the field.


In an atmosphere where LLC owners may disappear, their land does not. During this interactive presentation, you'll learn about lien rights, your management steps, and concerns about using your lien rights.

While most architects don't use their lien rights, those who do know it's an important part of doing business. Join us to discover how to make the most of this powerful tool in your practice.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about this useful legal tool for collecting earned, contracted, professional fees under certain circumstances.
  • Understand your general legal rights pertaining to lien law and the general procedure for implementing it on a project.
  • Work together as a professional lobby to expand design professionals' lien rights in your state.
  • Consider contracting clauses and recommended professional management.

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