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Architects, Associates, and Allied Members: Join AIA for 2024 and get the rest of 2023 for free. That’s the rest of December, for free.

No matter what stage you’ve reached in your career, the AIA is committed to providing support for your chosen path–whether it’s connecting you to critical business and career resources, next-gen technologies and education, or the influence to advance critical legislative issues at all levels of government.


Develop key business contacts with colleagues in the profession, successful participants in related industries (such as developers and institutional clients), and political and policy leaders at national, state, and local programs.

Use the AIA credential and logo to illustrate your membership affiliation. The AIA designation tells your professional story in just a few letters. It immediately shows others what you’ve achieved, how you connect to the profession, and what you’re working toward.

Capitalize on the AIA’s legislative agenda. The chapter advocacy activities center on legislative issues that impact the business and practice of architecture. We support policies that stimulate work for architects, protect the profession, and advance core values.

Increases your profile in the profession. Network with members who embrace similar career goals at 150+ AIA|LA events annually. Benefit from the business experience of peers. Submit work for AIA|LA awards programs and tour opportunities.

Benefit from an organization that channels the collective authority of 85,000+ members to lobby Congress and the White House on vital topics that impact your practice and your world, including tax and business issues, procurement, sustainability, historic preservation, and more.

Shape your business strategies with AIA research and market intelligence. Discover the latest practice trends and their impact on business and growth, see where the economy is heading, get compensation data for firm positions, and more.

Access and use of:
Where Smart Architects Manage Risk. The AIA Trust is a free risk management resource, offering benefit programs and practice resources for AIA Members. More more information, click here.


Stay current and competitive through AIA educational programs. Satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements for your license renewal.

Hiring architects or designers at your firm? Access the AIA|LA’s online job listing service at member discounts. Firms may rapidly post open positions, search resumes, and choose from thousands of highly qualified candidates.

Use collective legal experience to protect your firm’s interests. Members receive a discount of up to 30 percent on AIA Contract Documents whether software or paper documents through the AIA|LA.

Emerging Professional? Begin your pathway to a flourishing career today. Take advantage of resources, publications, groups, and events that meet the rapidly evolving needs of members who are recent graduates, transitioning to work at a firm, designing an individual path, working toward licensure, or within the first 10 years of practice.

Tour award winning architecture and projects not typically open to the public to learn more about the design and construction process directly from the designers themselves.

Be Inspired. Stay competitive. Attend an aspirational AIA|LA Conference such as Powerful, Women Leading Design; Encompass, Towards a More Diverse and Inclusive Profession, 2°C, A COTE LA Conference on Climate Change; or one of our many roundtable conversations bringing together Angelenos excited about enriching the built environment.

Free subscriptions to Architect magazine available for Architect and Associate members.

Have questions regarding membership? Please don’t hesitate to contact the AIA|LA’s Membership Director Steve Tanner, Hon. AIA|LA or 213-639-0765.

Already a Member? Renew with ease today, right here.

Architect Membership (AIA)
Individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority are eligible for Architect membership. let your clients, peers and employers know about your commitment to the profession and a code of ethics with the official AIA designation.
Associate Membership (Assoc. AIA)
Associate membership is open to individuals who have a professional degree in architecture from an NAAB accredited school, work under the supervision of an architect, are enrolled in AXP, or are a faculty member in a university program in architecture.

Associate New Graduate Membership (Assoc. AIA)
Individuals who have graduated with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited school in 2018 or 2019 are eligible for up to 18 months free membership upon graduation. You must have recently graduated with a NAAB-accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate professional degree in architecture within the past 18 months, OR be enrolled in an AXP (formerly IDP) program working under an architect's supervision.
International Associate Membership (Int.l Assoc. AIA)
Individuals who have an architecture license or equivalent from a non-US licensing authority are eligible for International Associate membership.

Fellowship (FAIA)
Fellows (FAIA) are Architect members whom the National AIA Jury of Fellows has honored for contributing notably to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Candidates must be an Architect member for 10 years or more to apply. Learn more about the nomination and submission process, and how AIA|LA mentors and helps nominees develop their submissions.
Emeritus Membership (AIA, Assoc. AIA, or FAIA)
Emeritus applies to individuals who have been AIA members for 15 successive years and either (i) have attained the age of 70 and are retired from the profession of architecture (or from a related occupation, in the case of Associate members) or (ii) are so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.

Corporate Allied Membership
Corporate Allied membership is open to firms in industries related to architecture, such as engineering, planning, landscape architecture, manufacturing and the arts. Applicants cannot be architecture firms. Discover the benefits: click the link.

Individual Allied Membership
Individual Allied Membership offers individuals working in an allied profession such as construction, engineering, historic preservation, interior design, landscape design, law, product design/manufacturing, etc. the benefits of being local affiliate members.
Student Membership
Student Membership offers current students at any institution the opportunity to become local affiliates. AIAS members are encouraged to join AIA|LA and get the best programs & resources of both associations.