AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Update | 2020 3rd Quarter Regional Representative Report

AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Regional Representative Contact

Chris Dawson, AIA – AIA PA Regional Representative and SFx Conference Workgroup Chair or (717) 805-5090

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SFx Mission & Objectives

Advancing the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms.

  • Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies
  • Promote leadership in small firm professional development and practice
  • Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks

Especially at this time, let Chris and/or Lee Calisti, AIA, Chair of the AIA PA SFx, know how AIA SFx can support your smaller architectural firm.

Influence – Promoting the Value of Architects

SFx is advocating for small firm recognition at local and regional design awards.

Blue links below to advocate the value of Architects within your community and for sustainability:

AIA SFx wants to hear from you! If you have small firm advocacy issues, reach out to Chris or AIA Pennsylvania AIA PA SFx staff liaison, Olivia Perry.

The AIA National Conference on Architecture – Small-Firm Relevance

The SFx Conference Workgroup is focused on creating small-firm webinars in 2020-2021, as well as having a relevant presence at A’21 in Philadelphia. For A’21, SFx is planning an Open Forum, a Happy Hour at a small firm close to the convention (i.e., Digsau), Tours, and other small-firm relevant programming. Plan on joining us in Philadelphia! Submit your own CEU session proposal and become a CEU session peer reviewer. Open call for A’21 sessions expected in October. SFx representatives can be a speaker at your next state or regional conference; let Chris Dawson, AIA know. This speaker can share resources that especially address the needs of 75% of local firms.

Small-Firm Practice Resources

We are finalizing a “Fall Small-Firm Practice Webinar Series.” Stay tuned for more information at the SFx webpage. SFx proposed additional “small-firm” benefits to the AIA Trust; these are being considered. See the new “Firm-Starting Resources” button on the AIA Trust webpage, combining existing AIA Trust resources with AIA SFx additions. SFx Lien Rights Awareness Initiative: with the help of state components and their local attorneys, SFx offers customized lien rights awareness presentations for webinar or conference, for the benefit of architects within your state.

The Small Firm Compensation Report is out!

Visit the AIAU website for the SFx-created AIAU Small Firm Series!

Use this time to re-create your business plan using the SFx Business Plan Beta Template for Small Architectural Firms. The results of the SFx / SPP / CRAN survey can be found here: Business Models for Small Architectural Firms. Here is a resource of Videos to educate your clients – link via your own website.

Small-Firm Outreach & Communication

Follow us with these links: Follow SFx on Flipboard, for small firm relevant articles! At A’18 and A’19, SFx conducted a number of interviews of small firm architects from around the country and posted them on Spotify, and YouTube – Click here to hear their stories and sign-up to tell us yours. Our Instagram @AIA_SFX account highlights the work of small firms; send us your work via this link. SFx continues to connect with all the AIA Knowledge Communities and to convey their resources to small firms as possible. We have these KC leaders speak at our monthly SFx all-call discussions.

2020 Regional Representation

For 2020 SFx Regional Representatives, see the Small Firm Exchange Roster at the SFx Website. Note that AIA SFx is still looking for regional representatives for New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida / Caribbean.