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Associate AIA Members

Working towards licensure or thinking of a non-traditional career? Associate AIA membership is open to a variety of professionals and is represented by the National Associates Committee.

Interested in becoming an Associate AIA member? Learn more about Associate AIA membership criteria and benefits. Are you a new graduate from a NAAB-accredited degree program? Don’t forget new graduates receive complimentary AIA membership for up to eighteen months! Learn more at!

National Associates Committee

Since 2000, the National Associates Committee (NAC) has been dedicated to representing and advocating for Associates, both mainstream and non-traditional, in the national, regional, state, and local components of the AIA. 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 Executive Board of Directors, as well as Regional Associate Directors in the eighteen AIA Regions, represents the voice of AIA Associate members across the country.

Contact your NAC Regional Associate Director for local networking and education opportunities. Click the map image below to view the AIA regional map and find contact info for your NAC RAD. 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:

National Associates Committee Executive Board
National Associates Committee Regional Associate Directors


Get Connected

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

Twitter (@AIA_NAC)



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NAC Documents

Rules of the Committee


Forward Journal

The scholarly journal, Forward, is produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute. The Forward publication staff strives to inform the members about provocative issues facing the profession of architecture today.

Visit the NAC Forward webpage at

welcomes the submission of essays, projects, and articles. View Submission Guidelines (PDF)

The AIA strives to provide information that is most relevant to you. Members, to manage your entire list of AIA e-mail newsletters, use the online form. To update your contact information or add an AIA Knowledge Community, update your AIA member profile.

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

ARE Scholarship
Applications are no longer being accepted for 2014.

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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