Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

AIA Member benefits differ slightly based on your specific designation and are explained by category on the Become a Member page {link to this page}. What remains consistent across all designations is that membership provides you with the opportunity to experience and access the SUPPORT, KNOWLEDGE, and RESOURCES of your professional association. Below we highlight some benefits of AIA Membership and you can also download the Member Benefits and Resources Guide for more details.


  • Access a range of expertise through a peer network of more than 88,000 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.
  • Public policies through a Government Advocacy legislative agenda that help create a more favorable environment in which to pursue your practice and career goals.
  • 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.
  • Subscriptions to AIArchitect e-newsletter covering news, tips and trends; and ARCHITECT, the official magazine of the AIA; plus digital editions of residential architectEcoHome, 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.

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When you are a member of the American Institute of Architects, you have access to professional resources that add value to your career, like government advocacy to back your practice, and continuing education programs to keep your skills and knowledge current. And, with the support of almost 88,000 colleagues, you also have an expansive professional network to draw upon.

AIA Membership is an essential investment in your career, your business, and your profession.

The AIA provides its members with opportunities for networking and education, access to professional resources, and promotion of architectural services.  As an organization, the AIA supports architects by understanding our interests and lobbying on our behalf.  As members, we have a reputation for adhering to a code of ethics and professional conduct reflecting our dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.  As a result, the beneficiaries include not only AIA members, but also well-served clients and a well-designed community.  Your AIA member benefits include:  

  • Professional and Personal Enrichment 
  • Recognition and Respect
  • Advocacy and Visibility
  • Continuing Education
  • Connections and Mentoring
  • ARE Support
  • Discounts on Design Conferences and Seminars
  • Annual subscription to national AIA magazine ARCHITECT
  • Annual subscription to state AIA journal arcCA
  • Annual subscription to local AIA newsletter ARCH
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