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A Society of The American Institute of Architects

Join the AIA

The AIA Advances Your Profession - And Your Career

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More than 80,000 of your colleagues have joined the AIA, because it provides the resources and the tools architects need to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace. Whether you are an intern or a firm principal, a sole practitioner or member of a large firm, a government employee, or a corporate architect, the AIA provides you with access to the information, knowledge, and experience you need to make your business decisions and set your professional agenda.

The Institute has been advancing the value of architects and architecture for more than 150 years through AIA member resources and as the collective voice of the profession. When you join the AIA, you are committing yourself to a high standard of professional ethics furthering your professional development, and advancing the value of your profession. 


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Architect Members (AIA) - Download Application

Open to architects licensed to practice in a U.S state or territory


Associate Members (Assoc. AIA) - Download Application

Associate AIA membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Professional degree in architecture (recent graduate information required)
  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect
  • Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure
  • Faculty member in a university program in architecture
  • New graduates are eligible for FREE Associate Membership for up to 18 months! Learn more here.


Allied Membership in AIA Kentucky is also available to non-Architect members, including all interested design professionals, construction industry representatives and other product/service suppliers. To learn more about our Allied Members program, click here.


AIA membership includes assignment to the national, state and local chapters based on where you live or work. Dues may be required at each level.  Membership period runs from January 1 to December 31 each year.  New member dues are prorated on a quarterly basis.


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Member Benefits


  • Networking- local, regional and national
  • Representation- on issues of importance, such as the future of the profession, IDP, ARE, and others
  • Board representation- on matters of importance within the profession- education, diversity, and knowledge generation
  • Service- Community/Professional Service opportunities at the local level
  • Leadership- development opportunities at the local, regional, and national
  • Mentoring- Guidebook and online matching system


  • Knowledge- resources for both mainstream and alternative career professionals with best practices models and knowledge communities
  • Support- for alternative career professionals, a forum for networking outside of traditional practice
  • Job Bank- career opportunities
  • Technical support- for Contract Documents and the Masterspec system
  • Support- in starting your own firm (how to market, developing business plans, etc.)
  • AIA Bookstore- discount on books and items of interest


  • Forum- for expressing issues about architecture
  • Convention- the AIA's preeminent national convention and exposition
  • Access- to information about award winning design projects from around the country
  • Architecture magazine - published through the AIA's alliance partnership with Hanley-Wood
  • AIArchitect- the weekly on-line newsletter for members
  • Newsletters- Local and regional publications delivered electronically
  • Knowledge Community publications (Interest Areas)



Once you join the AIA, you will be entitled to these practice-enhancing benefits. You'll find that the value of AIA membership far exceeds your investment. 


Attain recognition of your superior architectural standing by clients, colleagues, and the public from your use of the AIA insignia, personalized membership certificate, lapel pin, AIA print and broadcast advertising campaigns, and opportunities for design awards and leadership service

Local and State Components

Local networking activities, educational seminars, and regional updates are available through local and state components.

As a member of AIA, you will have exclusive access to online information and services 24/7. Our membership portal allows you to tailor information you want and need about the AIA and the architectural profession for easy access enabling you to place all the Institute resources, documents, and Internet links that you use regularly at your fingertips for quick access.

Educational Programs

Educational programs at the local, state, and national levels including online education, Knowledge Community programs, and AIA National and state conventions, keep you informed with the latest information and CES program offerings. These programs will help you stay up-to-date with your local licensing board Continuing Education Requirements and one step ahead of the competition.

Knowledge Communities

Much more than regional divisions, Knowledge Communities provide you with access to in-depth information, services, knowledge, and career needs for your particular areas of architectural practice. Many PIA's compile eNewsletters , which contain feature news briefs, competition and event updates, and insights on emerging trends in the design profession.

AIA National Convention and Design Exposition

This year's event will be held May 17-19, 2012 in Washington, DC and will offer high-quality education and information, as well as the chance to learn first hand about innovation in the building and design industry.

AIA Contract Documents

You receive a deep discount on AIA Contract Documents, the industry standard, offered in paper and electronic format. AIA members receive 30% off the price, as well as a special electronic user license.

AIA Library & Archives online catalog

Access the AIA Library & Archives online catalog to request a loan of library books. Contact the Library & Archives for specialized research and customized slide shows through AIA Information Central at (800) AIA-3837.

AIA Career Center

If you are looking for a fulltime position, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for finding jobs advertised by the leading architecture firms in the country. To find qualifed employees, tap the Career Center's database of candidates. Employers posting ads can arrange for email notification of resumes that meet specific criteria. Jobs seekers do the same for positions that interest them. The AIA Career Center is the most cost-effective way to attract job candidates with precisely the skill sets employers need.

AIA Advantage Program

The AIA Advantage Program offers special services for you, your business and your family. Including financial, overnight and communications and computer services.

AIA Trust

For every risk you take. The AIA Trust Web site offers members information about quality insurance, financial benefits and more.


The AIA offers a full range of print and electronic publications to help you make your practice more successful including AIA/J , Architecture and AIArchitect . The bi-annual Compensation Report features industry salary trends, utilizing demograghic breakdowns only available through the AIA.

AIA Advocacy

AIA Advocacy activities provide a voice for the architectural professional that reaches Capitol Hill, your state legislature, and your city council. Government at all levels can affect you, your livelihood, and how you practice architecture.  AIA Advocacy  fights for fair laws and regulations regarding the built environment, promotes design and construction industry leadership, and advocates the vital role architects play in creating livable communities.

The American Architectural Foundation

The Foundation works to improve the designed environment by fostering greater public awareness and public stewardship of America's architectural heritage.