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

Sep 17, 2021

AIA advocating to prevent future federal design mandates

New bipartisan legislation would prevent political influence on federal building design and require transparent processes.

The AIA is advocating for legislation re-introduced in Congress today that will prevent future administrations and the federal government from mandating preferred design styles for federal buildings.

Press Release

Sep 10, 2021

AIA honors 20th anniversary of 9/11

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the following statement today in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "It has been two decades since we witnessed the horrific loss of life and appalling destruction of iconic buildings during the Sept. 11 attacks. Our hearts go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of the almost 3,000 immediate victims and those who lost their lives in the months and years after. On that day, and the days that followed, we saw our nation come together and act with compassion and courage. The last twenty years has deepened our respect for the bravery and sacrifice of first responders, countless acts of selflessness and kindness of the people of New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. region. While the sense of unity our nation and the world felt in the immediate aftermath of the attack was fleeting, it was a glimpse, even during a dark moment, of our better selves. Sept. 11 is a symbol of abject evil and tragic loss. It is also a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of compassion and hope to heal and to inspire." 

Press Release

Aug 30, 2021

Public voting now open for the seventh annual film challenge

Public invited to vote on films focused on designing a better world.

Public voting now open for the seventh annual film challenge

Press Release

Aug 24, 2021

AIA’s Compensation Report reveals how architecture firms weathered the pandemic

AIA’s Compensation Report reveals how architecture firms weathered the pandemic


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