Associate Membership

Associate AIA Membership: What's in it for me?

(Plus: find out about an additional 50% off the local portion of membership for educators!***)


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

Licensed in another country? Click here for International Associate member info


Recently graduated with a NAAB-accredited Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate professional degree in architecture within the past 18 months?
OR hold a non-NAAB degree and satisfy certain work/experience requirements?
to find out about free Associate membership!

Dear Prospective Associate AIA Member:

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

If you fall under any one or more 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:

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

  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect

  • Hold a degree in architecture

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

Join during Q2 of 2018, and your prorated dues of $223.50 cover your National, State & Local membership through 12/31/2018.*

New Associate/Educator or Government memberships are prorated at $162.00, which covers your National, State & Local membership through 12/31/2018.*

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

  • Emerging Professionals programs including ARE seminars, mentorship events, and after-work happy hours
  • Discounts on our ARE preparation seminars and Professional Development Seminars, Home Tours, Design Awards Gala, and lecture series

  • Discounted or free admission to Chapter events, including monthly Committee Programs on the Environment, Health Care, Historic Resources, Interiors, and Urban Design

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

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

  • Discounted use of our online job listings and free use of our résumé file to post or search for a job!

  • Hanley Wood's ARCHITECT is now the official magazine of the AIA, and members will also receive digital editions of residential architect, EcoHome, and Eco-Structure, including full access to their respective Web sites.

  • AIA|LA members can subscribe free of charge to The Architect's Newspaper, West Coast Edition

Keeping you up to date with changes that affect you, your livelihood, and how you practice architecture, AIA provides a voice for the architectural professional that reaches every level of government. AIA members may also join any of the many Knowledge Communities. These interest areas provide access to in-depth information, services, knowledge, and career needs for your particular area of practice.

Click here to join online at AIA's national web site
Or visit and click on Join AIA.

Click here to request an Associate membership application

Click here to request an Associate/Educator or Government membership 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.

*Full year Associate renewal dues (for membership year Jan.-Dec. 2018) are currently $325.00 for second year members and $356.00 for the third year & thereafter (subject to change.) Members must join the local Chapter where they live or work and will be automatically assigned to that Chapter based on your ZIP code. Dues will vary depending on your local Chapter.

**Architect and Associate members who work for a college or university receive a discount on the local (AIA/LA) portion of your dues. Please see the associate educator application to calculate the correct Associate dues for educators. National and State dues remain unchanged.