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AIA Member Groups and Communities

The American Institute of Architects provides members several opportunities for involvement in AIA Member Groups and Communities as well as for volunteer leadership within these groups and communities. To provide a seamless transition from education to practice, the AIA develops, coordinates, disseminates and provides support events and activities for students, Associate AIA members, Young Architects, IDP Coordinators, and Fellows of the AIA.

Collateral Organizations in Architecture

The American Institute of Architects is one of five collateral organizations in the profession of architecture. Each of the collaterals performs a different role within the profession in regards to education, licensure, practice and advocacy. Read more about the collateral organizations in architecture.

The Three E’s: Education, Experience, and Examination

Are you considering a career in architecture? Please view the AIA Careers in Architecture webpage. Decide a career in architecture is right for you? Find architecture schools or programs via the websites of two of our collateral organizations: the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The ACSA publishes a guide of all ACSA member and affiliated architecture schools in the Guide to Architecture Schools. Purchase a copy today, or access the online, searchable database.

The AIA offers several resources for interns participating in the Intern Development Program (IDP) provided by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). Learn more about the AIA’s Intern Development Program (IDP) Resources.

The AIA also provides links to resources for interns preparing to take the Architect Registration Examination. View the Institute’s Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Resources.

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Find resources and scholarships for K-12 students, interns, architects, and educators.


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