Our Mission & History

AIA Akron is a local component of The American Institute of Architects.

We represent over 170 members in 11 counties of the greater Akron area. Our mission is to organize and unite in fellowship the members of the architecture profession.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857; AIA Akron a chapter of the AIA began in 1968. The Akron chapter is one of seven chapter territories that make up AIA Ohio. Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment and public outreach activities, the AIA and it’s more 80,000 members work to achieve a more human-built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects.


  • To organize and unite in fellowship the members of the architectural profession,
  • To promote the aesthetic, scientific and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice, to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards or people through their improved environment,
  • And to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.

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