AIA Knowledge Communities
Twenty-one ways to make an impact
Join an AIA Knowledge Community and connect with others who share your passions and commitment—and start a project that advances the profession and your work.
Sustainability, emerging technologies, small business, starting or managing a firm—no matter your interest, there is an AIA Knowledge Community for you.
They're your source for information
With webinars, workshops, white papers, newsletters, in-person events, and active discussion boards, you will find the information you need to stay on top of your interest areas.
They’re about connections
Share your reports, help students, develop grants, conduct courses and presentations, lead a forum, and more with over 90,000 members from around the world.
Our Knowledge Communities
Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH)
AAH advocates for innovations in design that help improve healthcare and shares the latest research through webinars, conferences and publications and works with allied organizations.
Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ)
Justice facilities present architects with unique challenges. AAJ connects members with professional organizations and outside experts in a continuing quest for quality, efficiency and justice.
Building Performance promotes architects as leaders in designing for better building performance, including criteria, codes, standards, programming and managing. The result: Buildings that are healthier, more energy efficient and more durable.
Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)
CAE convenes architects, designers and allied professionals for interdisciplinary work: How to design, build and use educational, cultural and recreational facilities to meet the needs of students of all ages.
Committee on Design (COD)
The COD promotes design excellence among members, the broader design community and the public.
Committee on the Environment (COTE)
COTE administers the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence, the COTE Top Ten Awards, and serves as the community and voice of AIA members regarding sustainable design.
Construction Contract Administration (CCA)
CCA helps members and the larger building professions navigate issues, actions and the impact of contract decisions. It produces case studies and best practices.
Corporate Architects and Facility Management (CAFM)
CAFM makes a positive impact on corporate architecture, covering topics including building science, energy retrofits, corporate architects and facility management.
Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)
CRAN is the leading resource and voice for architects who focus on collaborative design with homeowners. It provides support, advocacy and education for custom residential projects and professional development for its members.
Design for Aging (DFA)
With changing demographics worldwide and the importance of design to quality of life and mobility, DFA works to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society.
Historic Resources Committee (HRC)
HRC works globally to identify, understand and preserve architectural heritage, sharing its expertise with architects and the public through newsletters, conferences and convention activities.
Housing Knowledge Community (HKC)
HKC tracks housing and community design and development issues in the US and worldwide. It provides knowledge-sharing, networking, and leadership opportunities to architecture professionals and industry stakeholders.
Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA)
IFRAA brings together professionals interested in religious facilities in a broad array of traditions, encouraging and supporting excellence in the design of worship spaces.
Interior Architecture Knowledge Community (IAKC)
IAKC provides leadership, expertise and innovative programming to practitioners of interior architecture and design.
Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC)
PMKC is an information center on the business of architecture—the trends in financial management, risk mitigation, professional development and more that will determine the future of the profession.
Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD)
PD focuses on developing and sharing knowledge about all forms of project delivery, including design-build, public-private partnerships and delivery methods.
Public Architects Committee (PA)
What is the role of the public architect and how can it be enhanced? PA promotes excellence in public architecture and positions the architect as an essential element in civic engagement and development of public facilities.
Regional and Urban Design (RUDC)
Resilience, climate change and natural disasters are at the top of many municipalities’ watch list. RUDC helps architecture professionals keep pace with changing conditions and improve regional and urban environments through excellence in design, planning and public policy.
Retail and Entertainment (REC)
REC brings together leaders, practitioners and clients in retail and entertainment as well as the architects and designers who specialize in this environment.
Small Project Practitioners (SPP)
SPP generates, collects and disseminates knowledge on how to successfully run a small firm and complete small projects that do not fit into the model of departmental production that characterizes many larger firms.
Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP)
As new technology emerges and becomes increasingly critical to practice, planning and building, TAP keeps members ahead, serving as a resource for the profession and the public in the use of technology in the practice of architecture.