New Graduate Membership

Associate "New Grad" Membership: What’s in it for me?

FREE MEMBERSHIP for recent graduates from NAAB programs!**

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Dear New Graduate and Prospective Associate AIA Member:

If you fall under any one of the following categories, you’re invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the profession, The American Institute of Architects (AIA,) as an Associate member:

  • Recent graduate (2014 or 2015) with a degree in architecture, and/or

  • Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure, and/or

  • Currently work under the supervision of a licensed architect, and/or

  • Faculty member (not yet licensed) in a university program in architecture

Right now Associate membership is FREE through the end of 2016 for 2015 graduates joining through the AIA/Los Angeles Chapter. (Or through the end of 2015, for 2014 graduates.)* You can qualify in one of two ways:

Eligibility for Associates / New Graduates: NAAB Degree Holders

Recently graduated with a NAAB-accredited Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate professional degree in architecture within approximately the past 1-18 months.

Eligibility for Associates / New Graduates: Non-NAAB Degree Holders

  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture, and
  • Recently graduated with a non-NAAB Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree within approximately the past 1-18 months


  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture, and
  • Currently enrolled or participating in circumstances recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit towards architectural licensure 

 To double check your eligibility, please visit AIA's National website.

 These are just a few of the ways AIA membership adds value to your professional life:

  • Use of our online job listings, résumé file & Jobs & Careers newsletter to help you land that job

  • Discounted or free admission to monthly Committee Events on topics like the environment, health care, interiors, historic preservation, and urban design—plus our New Beginnings series of panel discussions presented by the AIA/LA Emerging Architects/Young Architects Forum

  • Discounts on admission to our ARE Preparation Seminars, Home Tours, Awards Gala, and our Masters of Architecture lecture series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring architects at the forefront of their field.

  • Special member prices on AIA contract documents on paper or CD-ROM, personal and professional insurance through AIA Trust, and a variety of business and travel related promotions through AIA partner companies

  • Invitation-only Chapter events such as the Board Installation & Holiday Party in December

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

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

*First year regular dues for Associates are currently $280; Second year dues are currently $307; for the third year and each year thereafter, $338. Second year dues apply after the free New Graduate membership period has ended.

** Recent Graduates: Complimentary Membership Offer. The AIA national component, California Council and AIA Los Angeles extend a special offer to individuals who have graduated with a degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited school of Architecture. You must provide a copy of your diploma. Not all local Chapters offer free new graduate membership. You must live or work in the AIA/LA Chapter territory and have graduated from an NAAB accredited program in the past 18 months to be eligible. This offer provides qualified individuals up to 18 months of free Associate membership in the AIA.