AIA recognizes the notable contributions and service of people outside of the architecture profession with Honorary Membership.

Nominees must not be eligible for membership in the Institute, including individuals who:

  • are eligible by education or experience and are employed, enrolled or participating in circumstances recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit toward architectural licensure, or
  • are employed under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture, or
  • have a professional degree in architecture, or are faculty members in university programs in architecture and who are actively involved in research, administration, or the teaching of architecture, or
  • have an architectural license or the equivalent from a non-US licensing authority and demonstrate honorable standing in the profession in the locale in which they are licensed

Institute and component staff members may be nominated for Honorary Membership during their employment after:

  • they have completed a cumulative total of ten years as employees of the Institute and/or one or more components
  • such employment need not be continuous
  • the Secretary may waive all or part of the period of employment if an individual may be eligible for nomination for reasons other than his or her employment as an Institute or component staff member

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