Our standards

The AIA has a long history of requiring that its members adhere to the highest ethics and standards.

Antitrust compliance

AIA and its members are committed to the highest ethical standards and full compliance with all laws and regulations, including federal and state antitrust laws.

By complying with both the letter and spirit of antitrust laws, we protect the integrity of our professions and the reputation of the AIA.

Attribution of credit

One of the most common violations handled by the NEC relates to the attribution of credit. The NEC’s Guidelines for the Attribution of Credit can help parties decide on and structure attribution.


The AIA Bylaws outline AIA's day-to-day rules and procedures and provide comprehensive guidelines and outline responsibilities for members, groups, and other entities within the Institute.

Code of Ethics

Ethics and integrity are essential to our work. AIA members are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. The AIA Code of Ethics guides members’ conduct in fulfilling those obligations. The Code applies to the professional activities of all AIA members, regardless of their membership category.

Using the AIA designation

One of the benefits that comes with membership in the Institute is the right to use a suffix to the member’s name that includes the AIA’s initials. AIA's Bylaws designate a particular suffix that may be used by each membership category except for allied members, who are not permitted to use the AIA’s initials as a suffix to their names.

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