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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.
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 SPP@AIA.org, 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.
• 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
To Apply: Please email a letter of interest summarizing your qualifications SPP@AIA.org, with "SPP Tips" in the subject line. Position is open until filled.