The AIA is a professional organization that provides the resources and tools to help meet your professional challenges, whether you are a student, an intern, an architect working alone, a principal in a larger firm, a government employee, a corporate architect, or a related design professional.
The Institute has been advancing the value of architects and architecture for more than 135 years through AIA member resources and as the collective voice of the profession.
These are a few ways AIA membership adds value to your professional life at the local level:
- Free admission to monthly Committee Events on topics like the environment, health care, interiors, international practice, and urban design
- Free admission to our Monthly Chapter Meetings and First Friday Forums.
- Free admission, with a donation to cover breakast, to our monthly First Friday Forums.
- Special member prices on AIA contract documents on paper or WEB DOCS, personal and professional insurance through AIA Trust, and a variety of business and travel related promotions through AIA partner companies
- Invitation-only Chapter events such as your Board Installation & Holiday Party
- Free subscription to ArcCA magazine
- Special offers when you use our online job listings and résumé file to post or search for a job.
Here are some of the benefits that enhance the professional and competitive position of AIA members and their chosen profession, architecture:
1. AIA Designation
By displaying "AIA" after their names, members identify themselves as leaders in the profession, representing the integrity and professionalism of The American Institute of Architects.
2. Professional Network
As an AIA member, you're part of a powerful network of architectural professionals.
3. Knowledge Communities
AIA national developed Knowledge Communities to provide access to in-depth information, services, and a network of knowledge on topics such as health-care facilities, the environment, historic resources, housing, educational facilities, building codes and standards, computers, and much more.
4. Government Affairs
Pasadena & Foothill AIA, AIACC and AIA National, represent architects at the local, state, and federal levels respectively, in government decisions that affect professional practice and the quality of our built environment.
An electronic information network that enables members to communicate with colleagues across the country and provides project lead information from Commerce Business Daily and F.W. Dodge.
6. AIA National Library and Archives
This valued AIA resource is the nation's preeminent source for information on the practice and profession of architecture. It includes extensive information in books, slides, and videotapes that can be borrowed on request.
7. Liability Resources
The AIA works to ensure that contracts and insurance are available for all AIA members. For example, the AIA now offers a small-firm professional liability insurance program and small-project contract documents.
8. Professional Development Courses
AIACC, and AIA national continuously sponsor tours, seminars, workshops, and multi-media programs to help improve members' skills and profitability.
9. State and Local Government Participation
Pasadena & Foothill AIA and AIACC are sometimes asked to nominate members to serve on government boards and commissions. This provides an opportunity to influence government decisions that affect the profession, and to enhance your community's appreciation for architects and architecture.
10. Contract Documents
Documents developed and revised by the AIA are the model for the design and construction industry. Documents and forms are available through AIA national.
11. Awards Programs
Pasadena & Foothill AIA, AIACC and AIA national all sponsor awards programs. This provides an opportunity to recognize excellence and cultivate an ever-growing audience for good design.
12. Intern Development Program (IDP)
AIA national and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) developed this program to ensure that intern architects are well rounded in their training leading up to the licensing exam. The AIA strongly represent its members in the ongoing review of the training and practicing requirements for the profession.
13. Firm Management
The AIA offers a wide range of products, programs, and services to assist in better managing architecture firms. Choices include self evaluations, workshops, books, convention programs, and more, on topics such as, financial management, small-firm management, starting a firm, ownership transition, and contract administration.
Members of Pasadena & Foothill AIA, receive subscriptions to: AIArchitect, FORM, arcCA, ARCHNews, the Pasadena & Foothill AIA’s Bulletin Newsletter.
15. Business Service Discounts
AIA members are eligible to take advantage of membership discounts on a wide range of products and services, including long distance telephone rates, car rentals, overnight deliveries, office equipment, the AIA/Rizzoli Bookstore, and an AIA Gold MasterCard.
16. Group Insurance Programs
AIA national offers programs specifically designed and exclusively available for members and their employees, including major medical, long-term disability, and travel/accident insurance, with comprehensive coverage for members at low group rates.