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Join AIA as Associate New Graduate member

Free for new architecture school grads, for up to 18 months.

With your new architecture degree, you’re ready to join AIA and be part of our mission to design a more sustainable, equitable world. As a new graduate, your membership is free*, for up to 18 months!

Through your Associate New Graduate membership, you’ll join forces with more than 96,000 other members—the largest, most influential network of architecture professionals—who together are leveraging the power of design to advance climate action and racial and gender equity in our industry and beyond. Raise your voice and design a better world with the AIA community.

Associate New Graduate membership is open to first-time AIA members who have recently graduated with a professional degree in architecture. View eligibility criteria below.

Build the career you want

AIA provides the tools, education, support, and network to help you launch and thrive in your career. AIA chapters immediately connect you to our local architecture community, while leading architects and firms provide engaging opportunities for continuing education and AXP experience hours. Members-only resources, like the industry’s premier job board, and our members-only designation empower you to reach your professional goals.

Optimize your architecture practice experience

It’s never too early to start thinking about practice, whether your goal is to work for a firm or someday launch your own. Industry-best products provided by AIA—from a suite of market insights, data, and reports to the most comprehensive collection of master specifications—give your practice an edge and help you prepare for the future. Standardized construction contracts help you save time and stay compliant, while MasterSpec saves you time specifying projects with the most comprehensive master specifications in the industry. AIA Knowledge Communities connect you virtually with leaders in 21 practice areas.

Supporting our profession & the world

AIA membership gives you an important voice in the collective call to fight climate change and inequities in the built environment, and advance codes and policies that create a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, and just world. Thought leadership gives you exclusive insights into issues that face our profession today and what lies ahead, and campaigns at the local, national, and global levels offer a platform to influence change and create a better future together. 30+ AIA awards programs celebrate the best buildings and spaces, and the people behind them.

There’s so much we can accomplish together. Join AIA today and tap into the power of the AIA community.

Join online or download and submit a NAAB or non-NAAB degree holder membership application.

Additional resources


Recent graduates with a NAAB-accredited degree

You are eligible if you meet all the following conditions:

  • You are a first-time member
  • You earned a NAAB-accredited architecture degree within the past 18 months

Find your institution and degree for eligibility >

Working under the supervision of an architect

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
  • You currently work under the supervision of an architect


  • You are a first-time member
  • You currently work under the supervision of an architect
  • You are currently enrolled in an AXP or equivalent activity​

Find your institution and degree for eligibility >

*Disclaimer. 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.

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