Become a Member

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the nation’s largest organization representing members of the architectural profession. AIA is committed to strengthening the value of the architectural profession in the building industry and the community as a whole. As such, AIA Central Valley strives to provide members with a network of support and information, comprised of industry professionals in northern California.

Choose your membership category:

Individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority are eligible for Architect membership.

Download an application for AIA membership.

Associate AIA membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Professional degree in architecture
  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect
  • Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure
  • Faculty member in a university program in architecture

Download an application for Associate AIA membership.

International Associate
Individuals who have an architecture license or equivalent from a non-U.S. licensing authority are eligible for International Associate membership. Contact the Chapter office at 916-444-3658 for more information and an application for International Associate membership.

Individuals who do not hold a degree in architecture but share a special interest in the built environment as a professional colleague can join AIA Central Valley as an Allied member. This category of membership is local and open to: engineers, contractors, designers, landscape architects, attorneys, artists, design and construction-related consultants, as well as product vendors, distributors and manufacturers. Allied members receive one complimentary use of the AIACV Gallery for holding an educational seminar or marketing meet & greet as well one set of roster labels. Additionally, Allied members are featured on the AIACV website for public searches.

Click here to download a brochure of Allied Membership Benefits.

Download an application for Allied membership in AIA Central Valley.

Individual currently enrolled in an architecture or architecture-related program at a local institution. Proof of full time student status is required with your application. Membership dues are free to students. Student membership provides local benefits only. This membership is separate from the “AIA Student” (AIAS) organization.

Download an application for local Student membership.

Per the AIA Central Valley Bylaws, AIA member firms are responsible for paying additional dues, known commonly as supplemental dues, for their member and nonmember staff when a Principal or Owner is an active AIA level member. Supplemental dues will be reflected on the invoice of the primary AIA member of the firm. Firm principals/owners will not be assessed supplemental dues until their second year of membership.

Local membership for your firm places your practice within a network of contacts to turn to for practice and design resources. Member firms are improving the practice of architecture, adding their voice to planning and preservation issues, supporting career development for employees, and promoting the firm and architecture to the public. To acquire the necessary resources to do so, firms pay supplemental dues based on the number of architects employed by a firm, so larger firms with greater needs pay more, while smaller firms pay less. The services available to principals benefit the entire firm.

Supplemental Dues rates:
Licensed member Architects: $100/person
Licensed non member Architects: $150/person

Component Affiliates
If you are in good standing with your primary chapter, you may join AIA Central Valley as a Component Affiliate. This ad-on membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of your primary chapter and AIA Central Valley.

Download an application for Component Affiliate membership.