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. As a registered architect, you're invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the profession. You can find a quick reference to AIA member benefits, ongoing initiatives and the rich history of your association at this link: AIA MEMBER BENEFIT GUIDE


Join during Q2 of 2018 and your prorated dues of $461.25 cover your National, State and Local Architect membership through 12/31/2018.*

New Architect/Educator or Government memberships are just $373.50 when you join during Q2 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 2019

New Member Spotlight & Welcome Reception
Our website will spotlight new members at AIA Los Angeles also celebrates our newest members and newly licensed architects 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.)

AIA Architect Finder & AIA|LA Member Directory
Is your firm owned or managed by an AIA architect member principal? Get listed in AIA's national online database. AIA LA members who join before March 31 are also listed in our online chapter directory & resource guide.

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

AIA National Career Center
Advance your career or your practice. Firms can post jobs instantly nationwide, search résumés, and choose from thousands of highly qualified candidates.


AIA Los Angeles and AIA California Council Chapters
Through AIA|LA and AIACC, you can build your professional network and influence issues that affect your business locally and at the state level. Get the AIA Los Angeles e-newsletter for advance notice about networking activities, educational seminars, and regional updates.

AIA Knowledge Communities & Committees
Connect with like-minded professionals to learn, collaborate, and share ideas of professional interest. Knowledge Communities, and their local Committee counterparts, increase your understanding of a specific subject area, from sustainability to technology to specific building typologies.

Knowledge Resources

Educational Programs
Stay current and competitive—whether it’s at the AIA National Conference, one of 100+ Chapter programs yearly, or a course offered by more than 3000 other AIA certified education providers.

Earn continuing education credits online anytime, from anywhere in the world. Plus, your AIA membership gets you automatic transcript updates within two business days of completing a course.

Advocacy Efforts

Legislative Agenda
AIA and its members call on all levels of government to pursue policies that are advantageous for the profession and the public. 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 when purchasing AIA Contract Documents software through AIA National or paper documents through the AIA|LA Chapter Office.

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.

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.

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 Steve Tanner, Hon. AIA|LA, Membership Director, at or 213-639-0765.

* 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.