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Organizational Structure

The American Institute of Architects is governed by a Board of Directors, a nationally elected governing body that provides long-range strategic leadership. The Board is composed of nationally elected AIA officers, including the president, president-elect, four vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer; elected representatives (directors) from each of the AIA's 19 regions; two associate AIA members; two representatives from the Council of Architectural Component Executives; an elected international director; a student representative (the president of the American Institute of Architecture Students); and two public representatives elected by the Board. The AIA’s executive vice president and CEO is an ex officio member.

Want to learn more about the Board and its activities? Visit the Board of Directors Directory for Leadership information and member profiles. If you’re an AIA member, request approved minutes from past Board meetings.

Components of the AIA
Complementing the Board are nearly 300 state and local components (or chapters), which link AIA members into a supportive network, providing members an opportunity to make a significant difference for the profession.

    • Local components sponsor a wide range of activities, including educational conferences, community service projects, post-disaster and urban design workshops, and Architect Registration Exam preparation classes.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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