Join AIA as an Associate New Graduate member—for free
AIA is the largest, most influential network of architects and design professionals who are designing a better world. Find out how you can become an Associate New Graduate member of AIA. It’s free, for up to 18 months.
The power of belonging here
AIA is where architects, design professionals, and the AEC community come together to network, celebrate, collaborate, socialize, grow, and shape the future. We’re a community of passionate individuals bound by shared values, standards, and ethics. Most importantly, we’re a community united by a shared drive to design a better world, together.
Membership at the Associate New Graduate level is open to first-time AIA members who have recently graduated with a professional degree in architecture. It’s free, for up to 18 months. See eligibility criteria below.
Members use the AIA member designation after their name, which is a standard of excellence recognized by clients, the public, architecture and design professionals, and the AEC industry.
The member designation used by Associate New Graduate members is “Assoc. AIA.” Learn more about how to use it and what it means to the industry.
AIA membership benefits
- Build the career you want with tools, education, AXP support, and the industry’s best network to help you thrive in your career.
- Build a profitable, successful practice with industry-best products and hundreds of authoritative resources to give you an edge in business, minimize your risk, and design the future of the built environment.
- Build a better profession and make a difference in the world with federal, state, and local advocacy; research and best practices on designing for climate action and equity, and a global network that shares your passion and values.
The right network and resources can make all the difference in your career, especially when you’re starting out. That's why we're offering you free membership that starts on your graduation day, access to the largest professional community, and all the support you need to launch and thrive in your career.
Eligibility for free membership
If you have not earned a NAAB-accredited degree, you could still be eligible if you meet all the following conditions:
You are a first-time member, you earned a non-NAAB-accredited architecture degree within the past 18 months, and you currently work under the supervision of an architect.
You are a first-time member, you currently work under the supervision of an architect, and you are currently enrolled in an AXP or equivalent activity.
Up to 18 months estimate is based on graduating in spring and receiving the rest of the graduation year AND the following year for free. The free membership period begins upon the date of graduation, not your join date. Graduates of accredited schools of architecture with an eligible undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree may receive complimentary Associate-level AIA membership, until you receive full licensure when you will be required to become an Architect member. Non-NAAB degree holders or individuals currently enrolled in AXP or equivalent activity may also be eligible if working under an architect's supervision and that work is in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture. This promotional offer is a one-time offer for first-time members only and applies to national dues. Some local and state chapters charge a nominal membership fee. For questions regarding your local or state chapter, call (800) 242 3837, option 2.