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Small firm essentials

Big ideas for small firms

AIA Convention has all of your small firm essentials. From workshops and seminars to cocktails and networking, fill your schedule with indispensable sessions tailored to your small firm needs.

We're in the process of selecting sessions for AIA Convention 2017. Search below if you'd like to browse sessions from AIA Convention 2016.

2016 Featured sessions and events


Arrive early to take advantage of Wednesday-only intensive half- or full-day workshops that kick-off before convention opens. Earn 3.75 LUs at Small Firm Essentials: Avoiding Scope Creep and Maximizing Profitability or register for one of 30+ additional workshops.  

Pro Series

Designed for experienced architects and firm owners, our new Pro Series sessions feature award-winning business leaders delivering new strategies for building your business. Free with registration.


Seminars are a power hour of information. Start with these small-firm-focused seminars.

The Small Firm’s Essential Guide to Contract Documents   

Influencing Decision Making in Local Communities: Tips for Small Firms   

Disruptive Small Firm Practices: Innovative Models or Expanding Services   

Equity by Design: Negotiating is Your Power Tools!   


Walk, talk, learn, and earn when you explore 170,000+ square feet of galleries, installations, materials, and exhibitors on the AIA Expo floor. You can also earn LU credits for your conversations with exhibitors with Expo Chat. 

Meet up at the lounge

Stop by the Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Lounge to network, relax, and get a demo of the new AIA Kinetic App 2.0. The lounge is located just outside of Hall E near the expo floor.


There are 100+ events, happy hours, alumni gatherings, parties and our signature event, The Party!, happening throughout convention.

There’s more

Check out our Small Firm Curated Collection for a list of seminars, workshops, tours, and events hand-picked by your peers.  There are also collections for first-timers and on topics including materials, health, resilience, and more. The hardest part? Choosing.