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Membership

Become a Member

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the nation’s largest organization representing members of the architectural profession. AIA is committed to strengthening the value of the architectural profession in the building industry and the community as a whole. As such, AIA East Bay strives to provide members with a network of support and information, comprised of industry professionals in the East Bay.

Architect Member Benefits

Membership is an essential investment in your future at every stage of your career.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll have as a member:

  • Access a range of  expertise through a peer network of more than 81,000 colleagues.
  • Attend events, activities,  and network through your state and local AIA components—demonstrate leadership  skills and raise the visibility of the profession in your community.
  • Signify that as  an AIA architect you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common  goal to build better a better world for all people.
  • Public policies through a Government Advocacy legislative agenda  that help create a more favorable environment in which to pursue your practice  and career goals, such as starting a firm.
  • AIA Contract Documents™, the most widely accepted standard form  documents in the industry, prepared by the AIA in collaboration with owners,  contractors, attorneys, architects, and engineers, to help you conduct  construction-based business efficiently and effectively; available to members  at a discount.
  • Continuing  education through CES Discovery keeps you on track with thousands of education  courses through hundreds of approved education providers. Plus, on-demand  access to your transcript.
  • More than 20 Knowledge  Communities, professional interest groups, that enable you to build a peer  network of colleagues who share your interests and practice specializations.
  • AIA KnowledgeNet  gives you access to collective knowledge of thousands of members; a space to conduct  discussions, find best practices, and get to know other design professionals
  • Market Research and economic analysis and business insights  through:
  • The Architecture Billings Index  (ABI), a leading  economic indicator of the health of the construction industry
  • The Home Designs Trend Survey, a quarterly analysis of trends
  • The Foresight Report, research on key current and  emerging trends affecting the profession
  • An Architect’s Guide to the  Energy Retrofit Market
  • The Compensation Report, a salary survey of 39 firm  positions
  • Subscriptions to AIArchitect e-newsletter covering news,  tips and trends; and ARCHITECT, the official magazine of the AIA; plus  digital editions of residential architect, EcoHome, and EcoStructure .
  • AIA Trust  protection through professional liability, term life, and other insurance coverage.
  • AIA Career  Center, the premier electronic recruitment resource where you can post  opportunities at a discount or find opportunities for free.
  • Architect Finder,  an online directory where you can create a detailed profile for your firm, and  potential clients can connect with you directly.
  • AIA Advantage  discounts on products and services such as shipping, credit cards, technology,  and more.
  • Business Tools, such as best practices, to help you manage your business  more effectively.

The sooner you become a member, the sooner you will be able to experience everything that your professional association has to offer.

Associate Member Benefits

Membership is critical to bolstering your prospects, offering resources to keep you moving forward.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll have as a member:

  • Access a range of expertise through a peer network of more than 81,000 colleagues.
  • Attend events, activities, and network through your state and local AIA components—demonstrate leadership skills and raise the visibility of the profession in your community.
  • Signify that as an AIA member you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common goal to build better a better world for all people.
  • Intern Development Program (IDP), including help finding IDP coordinators and mentors
  • Architect Registration Examination®  (ARE) study resources and instruction to support you on the path to  licensure.
  • The Emerging Professional’s Companion, an online  resource to gain IDP credit.
  • National Associates Committee (NAC) programs, activities, and resources that ensure you have a strong voice within  the AIA. You also receive relevant news and announcements by e-mail and social  media.
  • AIA Transcript to track AIA continuing education provider courses. Associate members and  interns can earn IDP Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA  continuing education courses. One AIA Learning Unit is equal to one IDP  supplemental experience hour.
  • AIA Knowledge Communities,  up to 25 professional interest groups that help you build a peer network with  like-minded colleagues who share your professional interests and aspirations.
  • Subscriptions to AIArchitect, e-newsletter covering news, practice, and key trends; ARCHITECT,  the official magazine of the AIA; plus digital editions of residential  architect, EcoHome, and ECO-STRUCTURE.
  • AIA Career Center assistance to find internship and professional opportunities
  • AIA  Advantage discounts on products and services such as shipping, credit  cards, technology, and more.

The sooner you become a member, the sooner you will be able to experience everything that your professional association has to offer.

International Associate Member Benefits

Membership is an essential investment in your future at every stage of your career.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll have as a member:

  • Access a range of  expertise through a peer network of more than 81,000 colleagues.
  • Attend events, activities,  and network through your state and local AIA components demonstrate leadership  skills and raise the visibility of the profession in your community.
  • Signify that as  an AIA architect you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common  goal to build better a better world for all people.
  • Public policies through a Government Advocacy legislative agenda  that help create a more favorable environment in which to pursue your practice  and career goals, such as starting a firm.
  • AIA Contract Documents, the most widely accepted standard form  documents in the industry, prepared by the AIA in collaboration with owners,  contractors, attorneys, architects, and engineers, to help you conduct  construction-based business efficiently and effectively; available to members  at a discount.
  • Continuing  education through CES Discovery keeps you on track with thousands of education  courses through hundreds of approved education providers. Plus, on-demand  access to your transcript.
  • More than 20 Knowledge  Communities, professional interest groups, that enable you to build a peer  network of colleagues who share your interests and practice specializations.
  • AIA KnowledgeNet  gives you access to collective knowledge of thousands of members; a space to conduct  discussions, find best practices, and get to know other design professionals
  • Market Research and economic analysis and business insights  through:
  • The Architecture Billings Index  (ABI), a leading  economic indicator of the health of the construction industry
  • The Home Designs Trend Survey, a quarterly analysis of trends
  • The Foresight Report, research on key current and  emerging trends affecting the profession
  • An Architect’s Guide to the  Energy Retrofit Market
  • The Compensation Report, a salary survey of 39 firm  positions
  • Subscriptions to AIArchitect e-newsletter covering news,  tips and trends; and ARCHITECT, the official magazine of the AIA; plus  digital editions of residential architect, EcoHome, and EcoStructure .
  • AIA Trust  protection through professional liability, term life, and other insurance coverage.
  • AIA Career  Center, the premier electronic recruitment resource where you can post  opportunities at a discount or find opportunities for free.
  • Architect Finder,  an online directory where you can create a detailed profile for your firm, and  potential clients can connect with you directly.
  • AIA Advantage  discounts on products and services such as shipping, credit cards, technology,  and more.
  • Business Tools, such as best practices, to help you manage your business  more effectively.

The sooner you become a member, the sooner you will be able to experience everything that your professional association has to offer.

Join Online: an easy way to join the AIA immediately; monthly payment plans are available as a payment option. Reinstating members (those who have been a member of the AIA in the past 15 years) must complete a hard-copy application due to computer complications.

Questions? Contact Sidney Sweeney, Executive Director, at 510/464-3600 x11