AIA is where the architecture and design communities come together to share knowledge, gain expertise, get connected, and stay involved. An AIA membership connects you to this global community of over 90,000 professionals who share your passion for architecture, design, and the built environment. It also connects you to opportunities to mold the architecture profession, public policy, and practice.

Whether you’re an experienced architect or emerging professional, recent graduate, sole practitioner running your own practice or mentoring new architects or those seeking to become architects, architecture faculty, or those affiliated with architecture, AIA has tools and resources that support you at every stage.

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Membership Types

  • AIA: Architect membership is open to individuals with an architectural license from a US licensing authority.

  • Associate AIA: Associate membership is open to individuals who have a professional degree in architecture, work under the supervision of an architect, are enrolled in AXP, or are a faculty member in a university program in architecture.

  • Associate New Graduate membership: Individuals who have graduated with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited school between 2017 and 2018 are eligible for up to 18 months free membership upon graduation.

  • Allied Members: Businesses and individuals with established professional reputations outside of architectural practice but involved in positions allied to the field of architecture

Using the AIA designation. One of the benefits that comes with membership in the Institute is the right to use a suffix to the member’s name that includes the AIA’s initials. AIA's Bylaws designate a particular suffix that may be used by each membership category except for allied members, who are not permitted to use the AIA’s initials as a suffix to their names.


  • Free membership for up to 18 months. Graduates of accredited schools of architecture may receive complimentary membership with the AIA at the Associate level for up to 18 months after graduation. Non-NAAB Degree Holders or Individuals Enrolled in an AXP Program Working under an Architect's Supervision may also be eligible for Up to 18 months complimentary membership.

You may receive free membership with the AIA for up to 18 months. This promotion begins upon the date of graduation and not your join date (e.g., a June 2019 graduate and a December 2019 graduate receive complimentary membership through December 31, 2020). This incentive is offered one-time only.

  • Free A'19 registration. New members may be eligible for complimentary registration for the A’19 Conference on Architecture 2019 from June 6-8, 2019 in Las Vegas. Restrictions apply. Learn more >

  • Refer a new member and you could win. Do you have a colleague who would benefit from an AIA membership? Refer them and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Just complete this form and we'll do the rest! Terms and conditions apply.*

  • Dues Installment Program. Pay your dues in up to six monthly installments with our Dues Installment Program.  Enrollment begins October 1, 2018 and is available through April 30, 2019. Learn more >

  • Tax deductible dues statement. For state and federal income tax purposes, payments to the AIA and its components are generally deductible as trade or business expenses—except for the percentage spent on lobbying federal or state governments. Consult a tax professional to determine the appropriate tax treatment of your dues.

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