Career StagesNational 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 www.aia.org/join_grad!
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
Learn more about the National Associates Committee, who to contact, and how to get involved:
Rules of the Committee
Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
Emerging Professionals Component Grant
The College of Fellows has established a small grants fund to assist AIA components in the development of programs which foster the mission of Young Architects and Associates. These funds may be used to enhance the activities of an existing Emerging Professionals group or as seed money to help start a new one. Because one of the goals of the component grants program is to make Emerging Professionals groups a vital component activity, an explanation or demonstration of component commitment and support is essential. View the 2013 guidelines. Applications are due by Friday, July 8, 2013.
Applications are no longer being accepted for 2013.
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 www.aia.org/IDPFirmAwards.
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.
AIA Best Practices
Find AIA Best Practices on Public Service and Community Involvement at the local level and Staff Development including mentoring. Created specifically to encourage the support of interns in the profession, see the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards Program Best Practices.
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Programs and Initiatives
Be sure to see our Getting Licensed webpage for more information on the Architect Registration Examination. To learn more about IDP and NCARB, visit our Intern Development Program webpage. Don’t forget you can earn IDP credit by completing the Emerging Professionals Companion!
Intern Titling Survey
In the past, Associate AIA members have had little input on their defined professional title. Unable to claim the title of Architect, associates have been referred to as Intern Architects, Architectural Interns, or just as Interns. In 2009, the AIA conducted the Intern Titling Survey.
Internship and Career Survey
In 2003, the National Associates Committee, in conjunction with ArchVoices, launched the 2003 Internship and Career Survey. The NAC Survey Task Force championed this initiative and is committed to producing a findings document to be published online later this year. The group’s ongoing goals are to develop and implement a survey to collect and evaluate information about interns and alternative career professionals, a process which will be reevaluated every two to three years.
NAC Response and Position Papers
The NAC often crafts position papers and responds to the collaterals’ press releases and positions. While the NAC is a committee within the AIA, bound by its rules and regulations, the NAC speaks out in support of the Associate members. Six Month Rule White Paper | NAC Diversity White Paper
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