Small Firms Roundtable SFR

Members of AIA Austin Small Firms Roundtable (generally characterized as having 10 or fewer employees, designing small to medium projects) meet monthly to learn and discuss architectural practice and continually reach out to a diverse community of emerging small firm owners. Learn more about the Small Business Development Program through the City of Austin.

“Less Is More Attention” Call for Entries


Small Firms Round Table, a committee of the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is proud to announce “Less is More Attention”: a unique event aimed at developers and investors to change the outdated notion that you need a big firm to do big projects. “Less is More Attention” is both an exhibition showcasing the work and talent of small firms doing large projects, and a panel discussion where the takeaway is that you don't need to be a 70+ person firm to do big jobs. The panel will be moderated by Aaron Seward -  Editor of Texas Architect Magazine. The event will take place at the Austin Central Library Gallery space on June 20, 2019. The exhibition will be displayed at the Austin Public Library during the event and open to the public at the Austin Center for Architecture afterwards.


  • Open to any Small Firm - with 10 or fewer employees - practicing in the State of Texas.
  • All types of large projects (45,000 SF of shell building or greater)
  • Projects must have been completed after May 20, 2014, or being scheduled to be completed this year.
  • Maximum of four entries per firm – (one project per entry).
  • Online registration is now open and must be completed by Monday June 3rd, 2019. Registration is required before material can be submitted. Confirmation of eligibility will be sent upon completion of the online registration.
  • Selected projects will be announced by email and a link will be provided for payment of $50 for each entry.  


I.    One (1) Portrait format, 24” x 36” mounted on 3/16 inch black gator board. The entrant's presentation board is to be labeled on the reverse side with the entrant’s name, address, email address and phone number.  The presentation may include the following:

A.    Project Photos
B.    Sketches, drawings, renderings, and design concepts
C.    Plans, sections, perspective views
D.    Written description of design
E.    Any other additional information, at the discretion of the entrant, necessary to convey the design intent
F.    Exhibit boards (150 dpi) may be printed and mounted locally in Austin, details to follow upon registration.

II.    Professional headshot (JPEG 300 dpi, black & white)
III.    Short paragraph (100-150 words) with biographical information. Please send in editable format (ie: Word) as additional editing may be needed to fit design of exhibitors’ board.
IV.    Participants grant permission to AIA Austin to exhibit prints and submit for editorial publication and other promotional purposes in print and online.


Online Registration: project registration closes on June 3rd, 2019 at 5:00pm
Final Board Submission to AIA Austin: all boards shall be received no later than June 17th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.


$50 per entry. One project per entry. Maximum of four entries per firm.


Submit all boards to:
Small Firms Round Table  – “Less Is More Attention”
c/o AIA Austin
801 W. 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701


All entries will be curated by AIA Austin Small Firms Round Table.

Small Firms 2019 Chair: Tim Derrington, AIA
Small Firms 2019 Chair-Elect: Jean Pierre Trou, AIA


Register your project here.

About Small Firms Roundtable

Meetings: Check the AIA Austin calendar for details. Our meetings are typcially held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:45 a.m. and are open to all. We encourage you to join us.
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Recent Events:

  • Panel discussion: "Specs on Deck". Click here to listen to the audio recording of this discussion.

2019 Chair: Tim Derrington, AIA
2019 Chair-Elect: Jean Pierre Trou, AIA
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman

Thank you to our 2019 committee sponsors:

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