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AIA was founded in 1857 by 13 architects.

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Now we're more than 96,000 members strong.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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:

2023 Board of Directors

Top Row: Illya Azaroff, FAIA; Rusty Bienvenue; Kimberly N. Dowdell, AIA, NOMA; Timothy Dufault, FAIA; Ryan J. Gann, AIA; Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA; Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA; Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, NOMAC

Bottom Row: Nathaniel Hudson, AIA; Laura A. Lesniewksi, FAIA; Britt Lindberg, FAIA; Cooper Moore, AIAS; Etty Padmodipoetro, AIA; Darral J. Tate Jr., Assoc. AIA; Korey D. White, AIA; Lakisha A. Woods, CAE

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Jun 5, 2023

AIA Wins 2023 Gold Circle Awards for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE

AIA Wins 2023 Gold Circle Awards for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE

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May 24, 2023

AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index Reflects Continued Weakness in Business Conditions in April

Architecture firms reported a modest decrease in April billings. However, there was a slight increase in inquiries into future project activity according to a report released today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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May 23, 2023

AIA Helps Spearhead the Search for the Next Architect of the Capitol

AIA Helps Spearhead the Search for the Next Architect of the Capitol

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May 19, 2023

AIA Previews 2023 Conference on Architecture: Defining the Future of AEC Industry

San Francisco, CA – May 17, 2023 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is proud to announce the 2023 Conference on Architecture, taking place at the San Francisco Convention Center from June 7-10, 2023. The conference is set to gather the most innovative thinkers and leaders within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, offering a platform to explore, design, and connect across industries as they work together to shape the future. "By bringing together professionals from across the AEC industry, we can truly define and design our future," said AIA Executive Vice President and CEO Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE. "Our 2023 conference promises to provide the tools, resources, and connections needed to create a better world for us all." Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from renowned keynote speakers, engaging in thought-provoking discussions focused on innovation and sustainability in the AEC industry. "The AEC industry is at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges such as equity and climate change," Woods added. "This conference is a fantastic opportunity to connect with our peers and collaborate on new strategies to collectively tackle these types of issues." As part of AIA's ongoing commitment to driving progress within the industry and supporting its members' professional growth, the conference will offer attendees an extensive range of resources to assist them in their careers and businesses. Additionally, AIA will engage civic and government leaders to work towards finding solutions for the most urgent community, institutional, and global issues. Keynote speakers: June 8: As the president of Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbara Bouza, FAIA, leads the global multidisciplinary team behind the creation of Disney’s theme parks, attractions, resorts, cruise ships, and entertainment experiences. Immersing guests from around the world in experiences that make memories of a lifetime, Walt Disney Imagineering embodies innovation, storytelling, and technical expertise to bring Disney’s iconic characters and worlds to life. Barbara will share a window into that world—and how Disney Imagineers inspire, push boundaries, and make the impossible possible! June 9: Join us to gain valuable insights on how improved integration can foster greater collaboration and drive better project outcomes with industry leaders from Autodesk, EHDD, the General Services Administration, and DPR Construction. This dynamic keynote panel, sponsored by Autodesk, will be moderated by Amy Bunszel, EVP of AEC Design Solutions at Autodesk, and feature esteemed industry leaders Robin Carnahan, Administrator of the General Services Administration; Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA, President, and CEO of EHDD; and Eric Lamb, Board of Directors, DPR Construction. June 10: The Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern became the Prime Minister of New Zealand at just 37. During her time in office, she faced the challenges of a live-streamed domestic terror attack against New Zealand’s Muslim community, a volcanic eruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Ardern’s focus on people, kindness, and what she has called “pragmatic idealism” saw New Zealand achieve some of the lowest losses of life experienced by any developed nation through the pandemic and the creation of the Christchurch Call to action to eliminate violent extremism online, which Ms. Ardern continues to hold the role of Special Envoy. While in office, New Zealand reached 50 percent representation of women in parliament, and on government-appointed boards. She improved pay equity laws and extended paid parental leave to six months. Ms. Ardern is a passionate climate action advocate, and is a board member of The Earthshot Prize, focusing on solutions to climate change and environmental issues. Press registration is now open, and interested media can register here. About AIA: Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state, and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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