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National Associates Committee

The National Associates Committee (NAC) is dedicated to serving Associate members of the AIA in the advancement of their careers. By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness and encouraging individual, community and professional development, the NAC strives to integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the American Institute of Architects. The NAC Advisory Committee, as well as regional representatives in the eighteen AIA Regions, represents the voice of AIA Associate members across the country.

Future 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.

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.

NAC Regional Contacts

NAC Volunteers

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

NAC Advisory Committee
NAC Full Committee


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Forward Journal

Forward is a scholarly journal formerly produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute.

View the NAC Forward archives at

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

ARE Scholarship
The National Associates Committee developed the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship in honor and memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by defraying costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Applications are no longer being accepted for 2014. Visit to learn more.

Intern Development Program Firm Awards Program
Since 1991, the IDPAC has recognized firms from across the country who actively embrace the Intern Development Program and demonstrate their commitment by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture through the Intern Development Program Firm Awards Program. Learn more at

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.

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