AIA Connecticut Committees

Small Firms Roundtable

A dynamic roundtable, meeting nine times a year to explore and discuss issues specific to small practices. Speakers are often featured. This is a must for the sole practitioner and micro firm.


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All AIA Connecticut members are invited to attend. Meetings are held at the offices of AIA Connecticut on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted and will earn 1 CE hour per roundtable discussion regardless of length of the presentation, as these are informal programs. See Calendar for dates. (Schedule information subject to change.)

2017 Meeting Schedule:

March 15 (rescheduled to March 29)– Design Psychology for Creative Environments: How to Optimize Occupant Creativity through Architectural Design
Discussion led by Donald M. Rattner, AIA. Learn how space is a resource for boosting creative performance. Our physical surroundings have an enormous impact on our ability to solve problems, generate original ideas, and develop novel products and services, often without our being aware of it. Don Rattner will review the numerous ways that the built environment influences creative thinking, and how we can increase occupant creativity in almost any architectural context — workplace, school, retail, healthcare, hospitality, and residential.

Donald Rattner, AIA is an educator and author as well as practitioner. His publications include The Creativity Catalog, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels.

May 17 – Tour of eFabLab
The University of Hartford’s Department of Architecture is hosting AIA Connecticut’s Small Firm Roundtable members for a tour of its state of the art model shop with laser cutters and various types of 3D printers. The tour will be led by James Fuller, AIA, Chair of the department, other faculty members, and students. We will assemble at the Department’s studio in the Harry Jack Gray Center, West Wing room W101. Please see map and directions. Learn about what is the latest in technology! Seating is limited to 20.

July 19 – The Future of the Materials Library
With everything online, why do architecture firms still need a materials library?  Most architects are interested in implementing online product information tools providing they guarantee increased productivity and reduced staffing and real-estate requirements.  Of special concern is how to effectively manage the digital divide – harnessing product information tools embraced by those who prefer to work on the Internet without impacting older architects’ productivity.  Suzanne Swift, President of Spec Simple, Inc.  will lead the discussion on how to integrate online sources into the traditional materials library.
September 13 – LED in Decorative Lighting
Discussion led by Robin Doerfler from SK & Associates and representatives from the American Glass Light Company.

November 15 – Opening Protectives: New Perspectives in Fire and Smoke
Join Wes Roussel from Smoke Guard to learn about the building code requirements, specifically the 2012 IBC, for fire and smoke protection throughout the constructed environment and the innovative curtain solutions available for elevator openings, atrium spaces, stairs, and escalator openings.