The American Institute of Architects is a three-tiered professional association of architects. The “Institute,” is the national level, there is a state chapter, AIA California Council,  and local chapters (also know as components).

AIA Central Valley is the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects that serves architects and the public in the 17 northern California counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba. The chapter has been in existence since 1942 and has grown from a group of 5 Charter Members to a current membership of over 500.

AIA Central Valley strives to promote the value of architecture and support our membership by:

- Providing continuing education for architects and other design professionals in the areas of business methods, technical development, design excellence,  practice management and project management.

- Communication to members in the form of electronic communications, seminars, workshops, chapter meetings, receptions and committee meetings.

- Assistance to the community through the Smart Growth Leadership Council and members’ service on local government bodies and community organizations.

- Advising legislators on legislation related to the profession & industry.

- Distribution of standard documents and publications used by the construction industry such as AIA Standard Forms of Agreement between the architect/owner, owner/contractor, architect/consultant, etc.

- Providing a referral service to the public, and fielding questions about what architects “do”, how to hire one, what to expect in the working relationship by providing booklets on “hiring and architect”.

- Providing a resource for research into the various areas of architectural interest.

- Working with allied professions on issues of mutual interest and concern.

Through a strong committee structure, the chapter addresses the needs of a broad based membership.