Architect Membership


Please note: New Architect members must live or work within the territory of the Chapter where you join. If you have questions, please contact AIA National at 800-242-3837 to determine your local Chapter.

For more than 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create valuable, healthy, secure,and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. You can find a quick reference to member benefits, ongoing initiatives and the rich history of your association at this link: AIA MEMBER BENEFIT GUIDE

As a registered architect, you're invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the profession, The American Institute of Architects.


Join during Q4 of 2017 OR Q1 of 2018 and your dues of $615.00 cover your National, State and Local Architect membership through 12/31/2018.*

New Architect/Educator or Government memberships are just $498.00 when you join during Q4 of 2017 OR Q1 of 2018, for membership effective through 12/31/2018.*

These are some of the ways that AIA membership benefits you:

ADA Coursework for License Renewal
Take care of your CAB requirement this year and have one less thing to worry about in 2013

New Member Spotlight & Welcome Reception
Our revamped website will feature one new member each month at Also, twice yearly, AIA Los Angeles will honor our newest members at a fun and casual networking reception

Business and Career Development

AIA Credentials
AIA members may use the AIA credential with their name and use the AIA logo to illustrate their membership affiliation. (Some restrictions apply on logo usage.)

AIA Architect Finder
Is your firm owned or managed by an AIA architect member principal? Get listed in AIA's national online database. Potential clients use Architect Finder to search for architects within a geographic area and by areas of specialization. AIA LA members who join before March 31 are listed in our online chapter directory.

AIA National Career Center
Find professional and internship opportunities throughout the nation to advance your career or your practice. Firms and other employers can post jobs instantly, search resumes, and choose from thousands of highly qualified candidates.

AIA/LA Job List/Résumé File
Get a discount when you use our local online job listings and résumé file to post or search for a job

Media Relations
AIA Media Relations Support Center is a robust tool to aid you in implementing effective media relations efforts in your local and regional markets.


AIA Local and State Chapters
Through AIA Los Angeles and AIA California Council, you have numerous opportunities to build your professional network and influence issues that affect your business locally and at the state level. Get the AIA Los Angeles e-newsletter to get advance notice about networking activities, educational seminars, and regional updates.

AIA KnowledgeNet
The AIA social networking platform emphasizes member to member communication: blogs, discussion forums, and professional resources authored by members.

AIA Knowledge Communities & Committees
Knowledge Communities are your opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals to learn, collaborate, and share ideas in areas of professional interest. Knowledge Communities, and their eleven local Committee counterparts, increase your understanding of a specific area, from sustainability to technology in practice.

Develop key business contacts with industry professionals at national, state, and local programs.

Knowledge Resources

Educational Programs
Stay current and competitive—whether it’s at the AIA National Convention or a workshop offered by one of almost 3,000 AIA certified education providers. For California architects, AIA Los Angeles provides low-cost ADA seminars that satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements for your license renewal.

AIAU (New!)
Earn LUs just in time—and members pay just $25. Introducing AIAU, a dynamic new way to earn continuing education credits online. Take a course anytime, from anywhere in the world. Plus, your AIA membership gets you automatic transcript updates within two business days of completing a course.

CES Discovery
View your transcript, find the best courses, and generally make your professional education journey a little easier.

Advocacy Efforts

Legislative Agenda
AIA and its members call on all levels of government to pursue policies that will stimulate work for architects. When Congress recently proposed a tax increase on individuals and small businesses that form S Corporations, thousands of AIA members, speaking in a collective voice, succeeded in tabling the proposal in the Senate.

Practice Resources

AIA Contract Documents
Members receive a discount of up to 30 percent when purchasing AIA Contract Documents software or paper documents through the AIA Los Angeles Chapter Office.

Member Publications
Keep up-to-date on trends and issues with AIArchitect, our bi-weekly electronic newsletter. Membership also includes an annual print or digital subscription to ARCHITECT, the magazine of the AIA, and access to digital issues for EcoHome, eco-structure, and Residential Architect. You'll also receive six issues of FORM.

AIA Compensation Report
Know your professional value by comparing your compensation performance regionally and nationally. A new compensation report is available for purchase now.

AIA Advantage and Exclusive Discounts
Save on beneficial products and services offered through partnerships with companies such as Dell, UPS, and Bank of America—for all of the services you need to keep your business running more efficiently. Keep current with savings on professional resource materials at the AIA Store.

AIA Trust
The AIA Trust serves members in areas essential to your livelihood as a professional. Legal services and insurance are just some of the programs it offers.

AIACC members can also now save 6% on workman’s comp insurance through the State Fund (up to 15% for those with superior safety records!) Visit the AIA California Council web site, at, for more information.

Join online at AIA's national web site
Or visit  and click on Join AIA.

Click HERE to request an Architect member application

Click HERE to request an Architect Educator/Government application

If you have any questions regarding membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime at or 213-639-0765.

I hope you’ll take full advantage of the opportunities an AIA|LA membership can offer. We look forward to working with you in the months and years to come.

Steve Tanner, Membership Director, AIA Los Angeles Chapter

* Membership expires in December and is renewable each January 15 for the coming year. Dues are currently $720.00 for second year renewing members and $787.00 in the third year & each year thereafter (rates subject to change.) Supplemental dues of $115.00 per each licensed architect employee apply to firm principals, owners or managers in the second year & thereafter and go to support Chapter programs, activities and staff. Members are automatically assigned to the local Chapter where they live or work, based on their ZIP code.

Architect members who work for the government, or for a college or university, are eligible to receive a discount on the local (AIA|LA) portion of your dues. Please request an architect/educator/government application for the correct local dues. National and State dues remain unchanged.

Continuing education activity of 18 hours/year, of which 12 must be Health Safety and Welfare related, is required for Architect members, starting with the first full calendar year of membership. HSW credits must be from an AIA approved provider (i.e., they can't be self-reported for HSW credit.)

California licensed architects: 5 hours of ADA related coursework are required every two years for your license renewal. Please visit the Board's Web site regularly for updates, or you may contact the Board at (916) 574-7220. AIA does not report any licensee coursework to the CA Architects Board. AIA|LA accessibility courses can also count towards your HSW requirement for membership.