Welcome to AIA Orange County Community Page

AIA Orange County is the recipient of the 2005 AIA/CES Providers Award for Excellence – AIA Chapter, recognizing the Chapter’s commitment to an overall system of quality continuing education programming.

Like doctors and lawyers, architects are licensed professionals. The title “Architect” may be used only by an individual who possesses a state license to practice architecture. They are the only professionals in the construction industry who are ethically bound to represent you, the building owner. Professional qualifications generally include:

  • College degree from an accredited school of architecture, requiring five or more years of professional studies
  • Three years of internship under the supervision of licensed architects
  • Passage of eight rigorous examinations

Only those professionals who have fulfilled these requirements, or other requirements as stipulated by each individual state, may legally call themselves architects and practice architecture in the jurisdiction granting the license. Individuals may be registered, or licensed, in more than one state by means of reciprocal licensing agreements among the states.

Look for the AIA initials after the name of any architect you consider for your project. AIA architects are required to remain current with professional standards through continuing education and subscribe to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assure clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice.


AIA ORANGE COUNTY is dedicated to serving the architectural profession. We provide value through our programs and resources, which empower architects and design professionals in service to the community.

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public polics that promote economic vitality and public well-being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.

Like identifying any professional, finding an architect for your project is a crucial task that can be daunting, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect before. But fear not, for AIA has created a number of resources to guide you through this process. We recommend that you download these documents and take a few moments to watch the informative videos. Also check with your state Architects Board to verify an architect’s license prior to hiring.

  • National AIA Architect Finder: Ready to Find Your Architect? Check out AIA’s Architect Finder to identify AIA architects in your area or contact us at the Chapter for some local referrals.

Before beginning to design, architects look up. They look up to see what isn’t there and to envision the potential for what could be. Architecture surrounds us in our daily lives. Look up and be inspired.

Click here to see the campaign at http://www.ilookup.org/