Mission, History, By-Laws

The mission of AIA Central Valley is to improve the quality of the built environment through leadership, mentor-ship and design excellence; fostering sustainability beyond architecture.

Click here to view our 5 year Strategic Plan.

We are proud of our on-going advocacy with the public sector. Our members, with their unique training and expertise, contribute to the public discourse their well-rounded perspectives on design, land use, development, economics, social studies, transportation, urban planning, and the environment.  AIACV strives to be a relevant and influential partner in the political and decision making process in our region. Click here for a white paper on our process.

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since February 23, 1857 when 13 architects met in Richard Upjohn’s office to form what would become the American Institute of Architects. The group sought to create an architecture organization that would “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.”

Today, with nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

AIA Central Valley is the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects that serves 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, serving architects, associates working towards licensure, students and allied professionals.

The Chapter holds regular events and activities including:  building tours, continuing education programs,  design dialogues, joint events with allied associations, Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) preparation classes, an annual Golf and Tennis tournament and a biennial design awards program to name a few. In 2014 we are holding our third public Architecture Festival.

By-laws – Click below to view:
AIA Central Valley Bylaws
The Institute Bylaws