Architecture students, AIA is here for you

Providing pivotal resources and knowledge, we can help jump-start a successful career



AIA drives positive change through the power of design. We believe that the foundation you’re learning in architecture or design school provides a basis for the future of the built environment. We connect and engage with students through events and digital resources and help you get on track for a rewarding career.

What does AIA do for you? With us, you can:

Learn what it takes to be an architect

The AIA provides you with great articles and resources to help you on your path in architecture. Check out the articles that we hand-picked for you below.

Get money for school

The AIA offers a number of scholarships that will help you cover the cost of your architecture program.

Connect with your local architecture community

With more than 200 chapters in the US, there’s always something happening for architects and future architects. network, earn credits, or just socialize.

Attend the AIA Conference on Architecture for only $25

Join us at the most anticipated event for architects with 500+ education sessions, renowned keynotes, a huge architecture expo, and more.

Gain prestige in the architecture profession

AIA honors the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by NAAB or CACB for Canadian schools.

AIA also hosts the annual Emerging Professionals Exhibit, a showcase of some of the best ideas from the rising generation of architects and design professionals. See the latest exhibition.

Get that dream internship (or full-time job)

AIA's Career Center can help you find the right fit for you, whether you're seeking a summer internship or a post-graduation job.

Know your worth before you commit

A strong career start is crucial to architecture students, designers seeking licensure and newly licensed architects. Find out your marketplace value before your accept your first job offer.

Receive in-person (and online) support

AIA attends AIAS Grassroots, AIAS FORUM, NOMA Conference, NCARB’s Licensing Advisors Summit, and the ACSA Annual Conference every year. We can’t wait to see you there!

We also offer free Associate AIA membership for new grads for eighteen months. AIAS members are eligible to automatically roll over their AIAS membership to Associate AIA membership by selecting that option in their AIAS profile.

Get ahead and pre-join the AIA for free!

Future graduates of accredited schools of architecture may receive complimentary membership with the AIA at the Associate level for up to 18 months after graduation.

Make the transition easy and join the AIA before your anticipated graduation date! Fill out this pre-join form, and once you graduate, you will become an associate member and get instant access to great benefits.

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Gregory Melitonov, Assoc. AIA