Why Join the AIA?

The most common question we get from people contemplating joining the AIA is  what can the AIA do for me?  The AIA operates at three levels: National, State and Local.  The AIA benefits its members both directly and indirectly.

The AIA benefits Architects directly through the sharing of information and providing access to the largest body of information on the practice of architecture to it’s members.

The AIA benefits Architects indirectly through advocating at both the state and national levels on issues of vital importance to the profession. This advocacy is responsible for the passage of bills that benefit and protect architects.  In addition, the AIA lobbies against the passage of bills that would damage the profession.

“Be the authoritative source and recognized leaders in knowledge for the profession and practice of architecture”

  • Proactively and aggressively share information about marketplace transformation, sustainability issues and opportunities for architects
  • Assist the profession by providing tools, resources and best practices to further enhance member expertise
  • Increase member awareness to engage the organization

“Promote the AIA as the credible voice for design in the built environment.”

  • Proactively and agreessively share information about marketplace transformation,
    sustainability issues and opportunities for architects
  • Assist the profession by providing tools, resources and best practices to further enhance member expertise
  • Increase member awareness to engage the organization
  • Meaningfully participate in public deliberation about issues impacting design and construction
  • Influence the direction of California’s energy and water policies concerning design and construction
  • Provide tools and resources to create a well-informed, public constituency about the value of design
  • Create a network and be a resource to architects in non-traditional practice

“Prepare architects, interns, and students to meet the ever-changing marketplace and challenges of the environment.”

  • Expand the conversation regarding project delivery, applying collaborative principles, and identifying emerging technologies
  • Improve the licensure experience for candidates in California
  • Prepare the profession to respond to trending issues such as changing economic models, globalization of information, changing demographics, and the need for productivity increases in the design and construction industry

Membership Benefits

AIA Member benefits differ slightly based on your specific designation and are explained by category on the Become a Member page.  What remains consistent across all designations is that membership provides you with the opportunity to experience and access the support, knowledge, and resources of your professional association.  Below we highlight some benefits of AIA Membership and you can also download the Member Benefits and Resources Guide here for more details.

  • Access a range of expertise through a peer network of more than 88,000 colleagues
  • Attend events, activities, and network through your state and local AIA component
  • AIA Architect’s have demonstrated and recognize leadership skills within the profession in your community
  • With AIA after your name, you convey to you clients and associates as an AIA member you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common goal to build a better world for all people
  • As an AIA member you will have a voice in proposed AIA’s legislative agenda that helps create a more favorable environment in which to pursue your practice and career goals
  • As an AIA member your professional organization will vigorously fight on your behalf opposing onerous legislation before it becomes law
  • You will have greater access to AIA Contract Documents, only available to members. AIA Contract Documents are the most widely accepted standard form documents in the industry. Prepared by the AIA in collaboration with owners, contractors, attorneys, architects, and engineers, help you conduct construction-based business efficiently and effectively; available to members at a discount
  • Continuing education through CES Discovery keeps you on track with thousands of education courses through hundreds of approved education providers. Plus, on-demand access to your transcript.
  • More than 20 Knowledge Communities, professional interest groups, that enable you to build a peer network of colleagues who share your interests and practice specializations.
  • AIA KnowledgeNet gives you access to collective knowledge of thousands of members; a space to conduct discussions, find best practices, and get to know other design professionals.
  • Subscriptions to AIArchitect e-newsletter covering news, tips and trends; and ARCHITECT, the official magazine of the AIA; plus digital editions of residential architect, EcoHome, and EcoStructure.
  • AIA Trust protection through professional liability, term life, and other insurance coverage.
  • AIA Career Center, the premier electronic recruitment resource where you can post opportunities at a discount or find opportunities for free.
  • Architect Finder, an online directory where you can create a detailed profile for your firm, and potential clients can connect with you directly.
  • AIA Advantage discounts on products and services such as shipping, credit cards, technology, and more.
  • Business Tools, such as best practices, to help you manage your business more effectively.