Associate membership


Associate membership is open to individuals who have a professional degree in architecture, work under the supervision of an architect, are enrolled in AXP, or are a faculty member in a university program in architecture.

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Whether you’re pursuing your license, just starting out on your career path or need a boost, AIA is a great place to start. An Assoc. AIA designation lets your clients, peers, employers know about your commitment to the profession.  

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As part of the next generation of architecture professionals, you can develop new contacts, opportunities, skills and influence through networking, continuing education, mentoring and leadership opportunities.

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals (CEP) is the authoritative voice and resources for recent graduates and newly licensed architects.

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Emerging professionals enrolled in NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP) can receive experience hours by attending AIA-approved Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) continuing education hours. AIA members can log onto their continuing education profile at any time to log HSW credits toward their AXP hours.

Get ahead

Prepare for the ARE® with a variety of AIA resources to assist you in passing the exam and getting that architect stamp you’ve been working for, including ArchiPrep, AIA's premier ARE prep resource designed to help emerging professionals get licensed faster. Reach out to your local AIA chapter to find study groups, prep sessions, and study materials. Working alongside other AIA members can ease the sometimes-daunting task of preparing for the exam.

Earn additional AXP credit every month at no cost with our online learning tool, emerge by AIAU.

AIA is where the architecture and design community come together to share knowledge, expertise, and get involved.

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Dues Installment Program

Pay your dues in up to six monthly installments with our Dues Installment Program. Enrollment begins October 1, 2020 and is available through April 30, 2021.  Learn more >

Tax deductible dues statement

For state and federal income tax purposes, payments to the AIA and its components are generally deductible as trade or business expenses—except for the percentage spent on lobbying federal or state governments. Consult a tax professional to determine the appropriate tax treatment of your dues.

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