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      SPP Journal: Issue number 59 | Summer 2013

      Letter from the Editor

      Welcome to the 59th Issue of the Small Projects Practitioners Journal. This issue comes a month after the National AIA Convention in Denver which included many events related to small project practitioners. There were eight seminars, workshops, and events for small project practitioners with more than 1500 attendees. What great participation! This was also the first year of SPP’s own Twitter feed. For those of you who would like to download handouts from the convention, click here. And if you missed the convention, you can visit the virtual convention site. We hope to see you at next year’s convention in Chicago.

      Risk is the theme of this issue of the SPP Journal. The feature article, written by Randy DeLopst, a veteran of the insurance industry, discusses the myriad of insurance types and what architectural firms should consider. His thorough coverage even includes detangling the complicated web of car rental insurance and its inherent coverage holes. On the other hand, Marc Manack, AIA debates risk as it relates to liability and why we as architects should take design risks.

      Marika Snider, AIA

      SPP Journal Editor / SPP Advisory Group Member

      Call for Volunteers

      SPP Journal Editor

      The Small Projects Practitioners (SPP) Advisory Group seeks a volunteer to edit the SPP Journal. The SPP Journal is a quarterly online publication that collects and disseminates knowledge on how to profitably run a small firm and carry out small projects. It is distributed over 9000 AIA SPP Knowledge Community members and is also posted to the AIA's website.

      Responsibilities include:

        Propose journal themes to Advisory Group members by conference call once per quarter

        Create a Call for Submissions soliciting articles on the Journal theme, and disseminate the call through Knowledge Community blogs, by coordinating e-blasts with AIA staff, in the SPP Journal, and through your network

        Select and edit submissions and pass them on to the Chair of the SPP Advisory Group; obtain copyright notices, format articles, upload content to the AIA's Architect's Knowledge Resource, and solicit a Letter from the Chair

        Create a Journal summary page with links to Journal content, including the Call for Submissions for the next Journal issue

        Coordinate final formatting and distribution with AIA staff

      The time commitment is two years, with approximately 20 hours per issue (quarter) required. Three issues per year are on original topics. The fourth issue is the AIA Small Projects Awards issue where the content is provided but other responsibilities remain.

      To Apply: Please email a letter of interest summarizing your qualifications, with "SPP Journal" in the subject line. Position is open until filled, but preference will be given to responses received by August 19.

      SPP Tips Editor

      The Small Projects Practitioners (SPP) Advisory Group seeks a volunteer to edit the SPP Tips. The SPP Tips are typically 100-400 words, videos, or podcasts that share an experience, anecdote, failure, lessons learned, proven best practice or good advice. TIPS are distributed to the 9,000+ SPP members biweekly.

      Responsibilities include:

        • Soliciting, selecting,  and editing Tips from members and colleagues for distribution to the SPP community via biweekly email, the SPP Journal, SPP Twitter feed and SPP webpage.

        • Acquiring permission to use the Tips provided

        • Coordinating biweekly distribution with AIA staff

        • Reporting to the SPP Advisory Group monthly via conference call or email

      The time commitment is one year and requires approximately 2-4 hours per month.
      To read past Tips, click here. Current Tips editor Jean Dufresne can answer any questions: 312.829.6666 x101,

      To Apply: Please email a letter of interest summarizing your qualifications, with "SPP Tips" in the subject line. Position is open until filled.


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