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National Associates Committee

By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness, and encouraging individual, community, and professional development, the NAC will integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the Institute.

The National Associates Committee is dedicated to serving Associate members of the AIA in the advancement of their career. The NAC aspires to be the catalyst for progress within the Institute and the profession.

• ENGAGE by becoming agents of change

• INNOVATE by challenging the status quo

• CONNECT by representing our diverse membership

• LEAD by example, promoting mentorship, fellowship, licensure, advocacy, and service

The NAC believes its work serves to make AIA membership meaningful to Associates through services that effectively anticipate, meet, and exceed their needs.

Collaboration with the Young Architects Forum

In the fall of 2014 the National Associates Committee and the Young Architects Forum (YAF) leadership met for their first ever joint transition meeting. In the spirit of repositioning, and the successful outcome of the transition meeting, the NAC and the YAF have issued a joint statement on future collaboration for the benefit of the Institute’s emerging professionals. Learn more about the intent of the document and how the two groups will work together here.

NAC Regional Contacts

Click the map below to view the AIA regional map and find a regional Associate contact for local networking and education opportunities. You may also contact your local component for more information about volunteer opportunities.


Get Connected

Associates are talking. Join the conversation:
NAC on AIA KnowledgeNet

Twitter (@AIA_NAC)




NAC Operating Guidelines
NAC Handbook

NAC Volunteers

Learn more about the National Associates Committee, who to contact, and how to get involved:

NAC Advisory Committee
NAC Full Committee


AIA Associates Award
The AIA Associates Award is the highest award given to individual associate AIA members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage to find annual deadline information and learn more about the award.

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