About AIA

AIA was founded in 1857 by 13 architects.

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Now we’re more than 95,000 members strong.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, we have more than 200 chapters around the world.

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We advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work. Our work drives positive change through the power of design.

In addition, to our values, we have developed a series of “Where We Stand” statements that clarify its position on key issues facing the profession:

The AIA has a long history of requiring that its members adhere to the highest ethical standards.

2021 Board of Directors
Top row: Justin Chapman; Erin Conti, Assoc. AIA; Peter J. Exley, FAIA; Shirley C. Franklin; Ryan J. Gann, Assoc. AIA; Shannon F. Gathings, Assoc. AIA; Daniel S. Hart, FAIA; Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA
Bottom row: Nathaniel Hudson, AIA; Robert A. Ivy, FAIA; Evelyn M. Lee, AIA; Mark Levine, FAIA; Britt Lindberg, AIA; Jessica A. Sheridan, AIA; William R. Turner Jr., AIA; Eric White, Hon. AIA

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Press Release

Oct 14, 2021

AIA selects 17 diverse women to participate in its Next to Lead program

AIA is supporting diverse future female leaders in the architecture profession by selecting 17 members to its Next to Lead inaugural program. Next to Lead is the first program of its kind to support association leadership for ethnically diverse women aspiring to be leaders of the AIA.

Press Release

Oct 7, 2021

National Institute of Building Sciences honor Robert Ivy, FAIA, with Lifetime Achievement Award

AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, has been recognized by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) with the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.

Press Release

Sep 24, 2021

AIA calls on Congress to address student loan debt forgiveness

AIA leadership is working with members of Congress to create potential pathways for service-based student loan forgiveness.

AIA is working with members of Congress to help shape potential pathways for student loan debt relief, including service-based loan forgiveness in the newly proposed Civilian Climate Corps. AIA is teaming up with the American Bar Association to stress that high student loan debt is an equity issue, deterring students from considering the professions.

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Sep 22, 2021

Architecture billings continue to increase

The ABI recorded its seventh consecutive positive month. The ABI score for August was 55.6, up from July’s score of 54.6. During August, scoring for both the new project inquiries and design contracts moderated slightly but remained in positive territory, posting scores of 64.7 and 56.6 respectively.


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