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Become a member of the American Institute of Architects
The AIA national component offers recent graduates from an accredited school of architecture/program complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months.*
Eligible individuals should:
• Contact your AIA local and state chapters to inquire about complimentary membership (The AIA is a three-tiered organization where members belonging at all levels, and this offer only applies to AIA national dues.);
• Provide a copy of your diploma or transcript of a degree in architecture from an accredited school of architecture/program;
Welcome to the Profession
Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2013 AIA President, congratulates you on your achievement and encourages you to become a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Make the Right Connections
Current AIA members talk about why membership is the right choice for young professionals—mentorship, career advice, relationships with influential contacts, or ARE study support.
Here are just some of the benefits you’ll have as an Associate member:
Licensure and Mentorship
Intern Development Program and Architect’s Registration Examination Resources
Move more rapidly through the process of getting licensed with the Institute’s Intern Development Program resources and the Architect’s Registration Examination resources. The AIA also offers numerous A.R.E. study workshops at conferences and online. Check the calendar.
AIA Continuing Education and IDP Experience Hours
Associate AIA members and interns may earn IDP supplemental experience hours by completing approved AIA continuing education courses. One (1) AIA Learning Unit (LU) is equal to one (1) IDP supplemental experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, learning units must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript. Associate members can access their AIA transcript by signing in to CES Discovery at www.aia.org/education.
Mentorship through a series of AIA tools to help you be an effective mentor as well as to find one. These programs are a collaborative effort of the Institute’s national Mentoring Task Group and numerous contributors from within and outside the profession of architecture
Events, activities, support, and networking opportunities through your state and local AIA component—a way to develop leadership skills and create greater visibility for the profession in your own community. Visit your local chapter Web site to learn more about their additional benefits and resources.
National Associate Committee programs, activities, and resources that ensure you have a strong voice within the AIA
Government advocacy through a legislative agenda that calls on Congress and the Administration to pursue policies that will stimulate work for architects
Assoc. AIA credential with your name, signifying to colleagues and potential employers that you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common goal to build better places for people to live, work, and play.
AIA CES Discovery provides on-demand access to your continuing education transcripts and allows you to search thousands of education courses and hundreds of approved education providers
AIA Knowledge Communities, 25 unique groups that enable you to customize your membership and network with like-minded colleagues who share your specific interests
AIA KnowledgeNet, the member-driven social networking site that gives you access to thousands of AIA members and their collective; it is a space to share best practices and case studies, conduct discussion threads, and meet other design professionals
Subscriptions to AIArchitect, the AIA bi-weekly electronic newsletter covering news, tips and trends; and ARCHITECT, the official print magazine of the AIA; as well as the option to download digital editions of residential architect, EcoHome, and ECO-STRUCTURE.
AIA Career Center assistance to find internship and professional opportunities
Market Research delivered in the monthly Architecture Billings Index, which forecasts nine to 12 months regionally and nationally, and the Compensation Report, a salary survey of 39 positions
AIA Advantage discounts on products and services such as shipping, credit cards, technology, and more.
The AIA is committed to enriching and supporting every phase of your career. The sooner you become a member, the sooner you will be able to experience everything that your professional association has to offer.
Learn more about AIA member benefits and resources. Download our member benefits and resources guide.
* The AIA offers complimentary membership for 2012−2014 graduates of accredited schools of architecture. Provide a copy of your diploma with your membership application, and you receive free membership with the AIA for up to 18 months. Note that this promotion begins upon date of graduation and not your join date (e.g., a June 2013 graduate and a December 2013 graduate receive complimentary membership through December 31, 2014).
Your membership will be at the associate level until you receive full licensure and have the opportunity to become an architect member. Please note that the AIA is a three-tiered organization. Although your membership is at the national, state, and local levels, this promotional offer applies only to dues for the national component. Some local and state AIA chapters charge a nominal membership fee. For questions regarding your local chapter, call 800-242-3837, option 2.
**Offer is valid only for first-time new architect, associate, and international associate members who join; and lapsed members (five years or more) who rejoin the AIA between May 20, 2012, and June 22, 2013. Lapsed (four years or less), local, and national allied or affiliate members, and associate members who upgrade membership to architect are not eligible for this offer. This offer is not transferable and is a one-time offer. This offer is not related to any other local or state AIA component recruitment, dues, or assessment requirements. Membership dues must be paid in full to receive convention registration.
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