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Welcome to the Small Firm Symposium Call for Presentations

Present with AIANYS

We are now seeking presenters for our highly praised, award winning educational offering, the virtual Small Firm Symposium! In 2018, this dynamic program was hailed as AIANYS's keystone event. Join an interactive group of up to 200 architects by submitting your cutting edge virtual presentation proposal. If you have questions on the guidelines or the submission process, please contact Molly Bibisi at

We're currently accepting proposals to present on the following aspects of working in or managing a small firm:
  • COVID-19 - Useful information for running your firm during the epidemic; business practices for connecting virtually with clients and staff; rebuilding your small firm after taking a loss.
  • FIRM MANAGEMENT - Attracting and maintaining quality staff; creating a positive office culture; knowing when and what to delegate; managing HR issues; time management
  • BUSINESS OPERATIONS - Dealing with business operations; business development; client acquisition; accounting, budgeting, and billing
  • OTHER - The selection jury is open to reviewing non-traditional topics.

Presentation Format
Seminars will be 60 minutes in duration. We will be hosting this event virtually and appreciate your flexibility in regards to format. Each speaker and/or panel member must be listed separately with all contact information provided.

AIANYS will retain a complete set of materials (including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and a list of samples) on file for each seminar in order to meet The American Institute of Architects mandates. Seminar and workshop presenters will be required to submit a master copy of their visual presentation materials in electronic format for CES review at least 4 weeks prior to the presentation to be distributed to symposium attendees in advance. Please do not submit seminar materials as part of your proposal.

Continuing Education Submittal
Once selected, AIANYS will submit your program to the American Institute of Architects CES to ensure that the appropriate LUs and HSW credits within AIA and New York mandatory education guidelines are applied and to avoid any possible confusion of credit.

The final step in the program design and delivery process is evaluation. To better implement future programming, participants will evaluate your session on the following criteria:
  • How well did the content match the published description?
  • How clearly stated were the learning objectives and were they met?
  • How effective were the uploaded material and did they add value?
  • How fulfilled were the attendees’ expectations?
  • How valuable was the topic to the attendee?

To begin the submission process, click ‘Create Account’ and enter your contact information. Your confirmation email will provide you with login credentials, as well as a link to access your submission should you need to complete it at a later date. If you are logging back in to complete or edit your submission, enter your email address and password under 'Already a User'.

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Questions? Organizer: Molly Bibisi -