Through the AIA Orange County, Architects have a unified voice on the business and the design issues important to all of us.

The AIA Orange County Advocacy Committee is focused on three areas of interest: representing members in professional matters within our local community; interfacing with AIA advocacy at the state and national level; and understanding how architects can contribute to the quality of life issues in our city.


  • Expand and strengthen relationships with local groups, including governmental agencies and other professional associations to position architects as strong advocates for the value of design in solving larger community issues
  • Support architects in public service by regularly communicating with them about issues of concern and developing resources they can use to effectively advocate for the profession
  • Generate innovative educational programming, using a combination of lectures and charrette formats to lead architects in community involvement
  • Develop a platform for monitoring issues of professional interest and getting the word out to our membership and the communities that we serve

Advocacy is an integral part of our mission – to promote architects and architecture in Orange County through legislative action at the National, State and local levels.  Ways in which we accomplish this is through:

  • Facilitating effective dialog between our members and the public
  • Advocating for better community design
  • Expanding the influence of architects in the community
  • Serving as a voice on community, legislative and design matters
  • Promoting AIA Orange County members and the value of their services to the public

How We Get Involved

Architecture 101 Program

As part of our community outreach program, AIA National has developed a customized Architecture 101 program for local municipalities.  Our goal is to raise awareness and foster a greater exchange of ideas between the planning decision makers and the architectural design community.

We also want to be known as a resource in helping the public gain an awareness of architectural principals and vocabulary.  We believe this is the first step to achieve better design for our communities.

Design Charrette

AIAOC Members volunteers participate in a brainstorming workshop which focuses on a single design issue or issues involving municipalities, counties, public agencies, interested community members, and private sector stakeholders.  Our architect teams collaborate in creating viable design options for a given problem or set of problems.

In our outreach efforts, we strive to influence a more responsive and improved built environment through public process, education and communication.

If you have an interest in participating in our Advocacy Committee, please click here.

Eichler Communities on the Historic Registry

AIAOC has offered it’s assistance in obtaining state and national historic listing for the Eichler Homes in the City of Orange. Click here for more details from our News Page.