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Who We Are
The AIA is the voice of the architecture profession. We’re more than 83,000 members strong.

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.

What Our Goals Are
We’re one powerful voice.

To serve as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

How We Do It
The AIA delivers value to its members through advocacy, information, and community.

Each year the AIA

* Sponsors hundreds of continuing education experiences to help architects maintain their licensure
* Sets the industry standard in Contract Documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry
* Publishes more than 20 online publications
* Provides countless Web-based resources for emerging architecture professionals
* Helps members connect with each other in more than 20 knowledge communities, 300 some local and state components, and several blogs
* Conducts market research and provides analysis of the economic factors that affect the business of architecture
* Hosts the annual AIA National Convention and Design Exposition
* Serves as an advocate of the architecture profession
* Champions architects’ future through an annual ad campaign


AIA Components—Local, State, and National

Through more than 300 state and local components (or chapters), AIA members are linked into a supportive network, providing members an opportunity to make a significant difference for the profession.

Local Components
Local components sponsor a wide range of activities, including educational conferences, community service projects, postdisaster and urban design workshops, Architect Registration Exam preparation classes, design award programs, and community awareness campaigns.

State Components
Many state components offer educational conferences and networking opportunities and they play an integral role in representing your interests before state legislatures and regulatory agencies on architecture-related issues.

National Component
The national component of the AIA unites local and state members in the common causes of advocacy, community, and knowledge. Networking and national volunteer opportunities are available through knowledge communities and the Center for Communities by Design.