AIA East Bay is a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Membership eligibility, categories and dues vary by profession and career stage. See the membership categories below to see which option is best for you.
Architect membership is open to individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority.
Associate membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria: hold a professional degree in architecture; currently work under the supervision of an architect; currently enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP) and working toward licensure; or faculty member in a university program in architecture.
Associate membership is open to recent graduates with a NAAB-accredited and non-NAAB degree in architecture within approximately the past 1-18 months.
Any Architect/Associate member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.
**Further information available on Emeritus transfers under Architect and Associate pages**
Local student membership is open to full time students who are currently studying architecture or an affiliated major. Proof of full time student status is required via notarized letter from your registrar’s office or a currently enrolled college-issued schedule indicating full time status.
Architecture Firm membership is open to firms in East Bay with legal status as an architecture practice that employs one or more registered architects. In order to qualify, at least one owner or managing partner must be a current AIA East Bay member. Firms located outside AIA East Bay’s 4-county membership area may also join if one owner or managing partner is a current AIA East Bay member.
Local allied membership is open to individuals and small businesses in the design and construction field including contractors, designers, artists and engineers as well as members of the public interested in the field of architecture.
Corporate Allied Partner sponsorship is open to businesses with an interest to support good, sustainable design while gaining access and visibility to AIA East Bay’s 850+ members.