Associate New Graduate Membership

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Individuals who have graduated with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited school between 2015 and 2017 are eligible for up to 18 months free membership upon graduation.

NAAB-accredited degree holder eligibility

You must have recently graduated with a NAAB-accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate professional degree in architecture within the past 18 months.

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Non-accredited degree holders or individuals enrolled in an AXP (formerly IDP) program working under an architect's supervision eligibility

You must:

  • currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture and
  • recently graduated with a non-NAAB Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree within the past 18 months OR
  • currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture and
  • currently enrolled or participating in circumstances recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit towards architectural licensure

Non-NAAB degree holders must complete the PDF application.

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Resources for new architectural graduates

Get connected

When you join a community of architecture and design professionals at a national, state and local level you engage with peers and potential employers, increase your knowledge and become a leader. You can also join or start an AIA Knowledge Community to connect with others who share your passion and commitment to the profession.

Get engaged

Take online courses at member rates through AIAU—your online destination for curated continuing education. Plus, enjoy automatic updates to your AIA member transcript. Members receive a monthly subscription to ARCHITECT magazine and AIArchitect, a bi-weekly e-newsletter.

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Incentives

Free membership for up to 18 months

Graduates of accredited schools of architecture receive complimentary membership with the AIA at the Associate level for up to 18 months after graduation. Non-NAAB Degree Holders or Individuals Enrolled in an AXP Program Working under an Architect's Supervision may also be eligible for Up to 18 months complimentary membership.

Please provide a copy of your diploma with your membership application, and you receive free membership with the AIA for up to 18 months. This promotion begins upon the date of graduation and not your join date (e.g., a June 2016 graduate and a December 2016 graduate receive complimentary membership through December 31, 2017).

Your membership will be at the Associate level until you receive full licensure and have the opportunity to become an architect member. Please note that the AIA is a three-tiered organization. Although your membership is at the national, state, and local levels, this promotional offer applies only to dues for the national component. Some local and state AIA chapters charge a nominal membership fee. For questions regarding your local chapter, call (800) 242 3837, option 2.

Free A'17 registration

New members receive complimentary registration for the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida April 27-29.

Offer is valid only for first-time new architect, associate, and international associate members who join; and lapsed members (five years or more) who rejoin the AIA between May 22, 2016 and April 29, 2017. Lapsed (four years or less), local, and national allied or affiliate members, and associate members who upgrade membership to architect are not eligible for this offer. This offer is not transferable and is a one-time offer. This offer is not related to any other local or state AIA component recruitment, dues, or assessment requirements. Membership dues must be paid in full to receive convention registration.

Dues installment plan

All newly joining members are eligible to participate in the Dues Installment Program. Enroll no later than April 30, and pay your membership dues in up to six monthly installments. 2017 membership dues enrolled in the dues installment plan must be paid in full by June 30, 2017.

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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