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November 13-14, 2020

Are You a Leader in a Small Firm? The Small Firm Symposium is an award-winning program that will provide you with state-of-the-art implementation strategies & tools to increase your market share, visibility and operations.

In addition to our keynotes, join sessions virtually to gain insights on how to: evaluate your firm’s client portfolio; satisfy clients, engage architects and create a positive cash flow; increase productivity, implement quality control and more!

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Contact Michael Cocca at or (518) 449-3334 to reserve your space!

2020 Schedule & Registration

8:00AM – 9:00AM: Breakfast with the AIANYS Discussion Group Leaders 

9:00AM – 10:30AM: Welcome & Opening Session: What’s Next for Small Firms in 2020 and Beyond 

Content Leader: Simon Goodhead, PE | PrincipalThe Coxe Group, Inc.

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

10:30AM – 10:55AM: Live Meet Up with Simon Goodhead 

Didn’t get your question for Simon answered? Head over to talk to him yourself for our content leader meet up! 

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Diversify Your Small Firm: Evaluating Your Firm’s Client Portfolio for Growth 

Content Leaders: 

Bob Stanziale, AIA | Owner, Robert Stanziale, Architect, PC 

John Frye, AIA, | PrincipalNexus Creative 

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

12:30PM – 12:55 PM: Lunch Break & Live Meet Up with Bob Stanziale and John Frye  

Didn’t get a chance to have your question answered during the session? Visit our content leaders here to discuss further. 

1:00PM – 2:30PM:  Working with Clients in a Multicultural, Multi-Generational Environment Panel
Content Leader: Baani SinghAIA | Principal, D2D Green Design 

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

2:30PM – 2:55PM: Live Meet Up with Diversity Panel 
Now’s your chance to address the panel with any questions you still have after their session!

Saturday, November 14

8:00AM – 9:00AM: Breakfast with the AIA SfX Network 

Content Leaders: 

Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, AIA 
Matthew Clapper, AIA  
Christopher Toddy, AIA  

9:00AM – 10:30AM: Day One Takeaways & HighPerformance Productivity for Architects 
Content Leader: Dr. Stevie Dawn Blake | CEO & FounderStevie Dawn Inspires, LLC 

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

10:30AM – 10:55AM: Live Meet Up with Dr. Stevie Dawn Blake 
Want to ask Dr. Stevie more questions? Join her for a meet up to get your burning questions answered. 

11:00AM – 12:30PM:Satisfied Clients, Engaged Architects & Cash Flow:
A Crash Course in Small Firm Management 

Content Leader: Russell Davidson, FAIA | Managing Principal & President, KG&D Architects 

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

12:30PM – 12:55PM: Lunch Break & Live Meet Up with Russ Davidson  
Don’t let your questions go unanswered! Visit Russ for his live meet up. 

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Raising and Maintaining Standards of Quality in a Small Firm  

Content Leader: Andrés U. CortésAIA | PartnerAgencie Architecture & Engineering,  

Submitted for 1.5 LU’s

2:30PM – 2:55PM: Live Meet Up with Andrés U. Cortés 
It’s the last meet up of the symposium. Be sure to stop by to talk to Andrés Cortés before you leave!



What’s Next for Small Firms in 2020 and Beyond
Simon Goodhead, PE
Principal, The Coxe Group, Inc.

2020 has shown us in very complex terms: what got us here, won’t get us there.  Regardless of what your strategic objectives are for your firm, we have to do things differently to achieve those end points.  That being said, some of the fundamentals have not changed. This presentation will explore employee engagement, client connectivity, and how project leadership (more than management) needs will be needed to deliver design work with efficacy.  Participants will hear and be able to apply in their firms, strategic choices successful firms are making of what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do.  With time permitting, we will also touch on how small firms can be well placed to compete in tomorrow’s market for talent and for clients.


High Performance Productivity
Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely
CEO, Stevie Dawn Inspires

We live in a fast-paced ever-changing world. We are being asked to do more with less and in less time than ever before. It is a workplace imperative that we become efficient and effective in all our tasks. However, we do not need another way to create a to-do list. We need instead to focus on improving prioritization and eliminating distractions in our daily work. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of focusing on the tasks that truly matter, the importance of delegation, and how to prioritize our tasks. Participants will be introduced to the SHARK Method as a productivity tool useful for professionals at all levels of an organization. It is time we stop feeling overwhelmed and start feeling in control of our calendar.

2020 Session Content Leaders

Robert Stanziale, AIA
Owner, Robert Stanziale, Architect, PC

John Frye, AIA
Principal, Nexus Creative
John has been a registered architect since 1985 beginning his career in New Orleans upon graduating from Mississippi State University. Following New Orleans, John worked on the Gulf Coast of Florida before moving to Manhattan where he lived and worked prior to settling in Westchester for the past 30 years. John’s professional service includes participation on numerous design awards juries with in the AIA, with allied planning professions and in national design award programs. John co-chaired AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley’s annual Design Awards Program for 10 years, has served as a director for the chapter culminating as 2014 Chapter President. His AIA’s service also included a position as the chapter’s state director for AIA NYS in 2015/2016.

Baani Singh
D2D Green Design
Baani is a Registered Architect in NY, NJ and MA, LEED AP, LFA and NCIDQ certified. Baani was awarded ‘Women Who Mean Business’ award, honored for ‘40 under 40’ and as Outstanding Women 2018 by WBC NC. Singh and a panel of experts will be discussing how to embrace diversity, equity and create a successful business practice.

Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, AIA
NYVARCH Architecture
Venesa Alicea AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is a NYS registered Architect and 2020 New York regional representative to the AIA Small Firm Exchange. She is founding Principal of NYVARCH Architecture, a NYC based Architectural Practice that blends her interest in Social Justice, Community Design with Sustainability and Resilience.

Matthew Clapper, AIA
Modern Architecture and Development, LLC
Matthew is a licensed Architect, received an M.Arch from the University of Kansas, an M.S. in Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University, an Advanced Professional Certificate in Real Estate Development from NYU and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is the AIA SFx Illinois Representative and its 2021 Chair.

Christopher Toddy, AIA
Christopher @ Architects LLC
The current AIA Ohio-Valley Regional Representative to the AIA Small Firm Exchange, Chris is also the 2020 Past President of the AIA Cleveland Chapter and President of Christopher @ Architects. Chris has spoken at conferences on leadership development, lien rights awareness, Architecture 2030 Districts, and small firm needs.

Russell Davidson, FAIA
KG+D Architects
Mr. Davidson plays an active role in furthering the profession of architecture in multiple positions with the American Institute of Architects since 1999 and as an advocate for policy reform on issues that are important to our clients and the built environment. Mr. Davidson served as the 2016 President of the American Institute of Architects. In 2013, he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows and he is also a past president of AIA New York State (2007) and AIA Westchester Mid-Hudson (1999).

Andrés U. Cortés, AIA
Agencie Architecture & Engineering
Andrés has more than 20 years experience as an Architect of high fidelity spaces, buildings, and infrastructural objects. Andrés founded and eventually sold Urban Umbrella, a sidewalk safety protection system in broad use in NYC. Andrés is LEED and NCARB certified, and holds diplomas from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.

Feel free to contact Molly Bibisi, Associate Director of Education, with any questions.
(518) 449-3334 

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