The American Institute of Architects Richmond was founded in 1976.


Join AIA Richmond and enjoy its many benefits:

  1. Brand Identity. Most people identify an architect by these three letters – AIA. Not only does it indicate that you are an architect, but for the more enlightened, indicates that you’ve met a level of professional competence, and they’ll be getting a quality product when hiring you.
  2. Networking. Our events provide great opportunities to meet other professionals within the industry, such as other architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, vendors, code officials, and real estate professionals. Woody Allen is often quoted as saying “80% of success is showing up!”
  3. Advocate. The AIA is constantly working for its membership to ensure that the profession is involved in Government and Community affairs that affect decisions on development, growth and safety. Become an AIA member and instantly expand your support network by almost 80,000 colleagues—a valuable professional resource to draw upon, and a powerful, collective voice to advocate for a stronger economic climate for architects nationwide.
  4. Education / Enhancing Skills. The AIA provides continuing education opportunities for members to assist in developing skills and maintaining the high level of knowledge and competence. Intern members are offered training sessions to help prepare for the licensure exams. The connections made give a chance to compare notes, discuss best practices, and prepare for the future.
  5. Pay It Forward. Involvement of seasoned professionals is important as a way to continue to bring along the next generation. Everyone has benefited from the experience and mentorship of those who have come before, and our members recognize the value of the emerging professionals.

So why you should join?

Architect Member (AIA)

Architect MembershipIndividuals who are licensed to practice architecture in the United states are invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the interests of the profession, The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

One of the advantages of being a licensed architect member of the Institute is the use of the AIA credentials, identifying you as part of the community of architecture. AIA members adhere to AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and are required to strengthen their knowledge of the profession through continuing education requirements.

Annual Architect Dues:
AIA Richmond - $80
AIA Virginia - $316
National Dues - $265
Total Annual Dues - $661

Note: Institute dues will be reduced as noted on the form for members joining after the first quarter of a calendar year. For Richmond and AIA Virginia; dues will be reduced 25% in second quarter, and 50% for new members joining in the second half of the same calendar year.

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Associate Member (Assoc. AIA)

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

  • Recent graduate with a degree in architecture, or
  • Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working towards licensure, or
  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect or hold a degree in architecture, or
  • Faculty member in a university program in architecture.

International Associate Member (Int'l Assoc. AIA)

Individuals who have an architecture license or equivalent from a non-U.S. licensing authority are eligible for International Associate membership.

Annual Dues:
AIA Richmond - $30
AIA Virginia- $166
National dues - $114
Total Annual Dues: $310

Note: Institute dues will be reduced as noted on the form for members joining after the first quarter of a calendar year. For Richmond and AIAVA; dues will be reduced 25% in second quarter, and 50% for new members joining in the second half of the same calendar year.

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Allied Member (Allied Member, AIA)

Individuals who do not hold a degree in architecture but share a special interest in the built environment as a product manufacturer’s representative, professional colleague or enthusiast. Learn More!

AIA Richmond Chapter Allied Members receive a variety of benefits relevant to businesses working in the design and construction industries: visibility; networking and promotional opportunities; event discounts; and recognition as both an individual and a company that shares AIA Richmond Chapter’s commitment to the built environment.

Allied members of AIA Richmond are also encouraged to enroll as allied members of the statewide Society, AIA Virginia.

Annual Dues:
AIA Richmond - $205

To download an Allied Member and Sponsorship Package & Application, visit our Allied Membership page.

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Become a Member

These are a few ways AIA membership adds value to your professional life:

  • Members SectionExclusive area of the web site dedicated to the AIA member community.
  • Educational ProgramsFulfill mandatory continuing education requirements and attend AIA's conventions and workshops--without leaving your office! AIA eclassroom offers courses for CES credits that can be taken at your convenience. AIA members receive a discounted price. Not sure how many credits you have accumulated? Members can check their CES transcripts at any time.
  • Emerging Professionals Companion — FREEThe EPC can be a powerful tool in encouraging lifelong learning and research among architects. Additionally, architects who work with interns as they complete the Companion exercises and scenarios will find that they will gain knowledge that will enhance their own practice.
  • AIA Contract DocumentsMembers receive a discount of approximately 30% when purchasing AIA Contract Documents software. AIA Contract Documents are recognized as the industry standard.
  • Local and state chapters300 state and local chapters serve AIA members around the country. Currently the AIA has chapters located in Hong KongContinental Europe, and the United Kingdom. Local chapter participation provides members the opportunity to network with peers while keeping you connected with issues that affect their business locally. Visit your local chapter web site to learn more about networking activities, educational seminars, and regional updates.
  • AIA Government AffairsKeeping you up to date with changes in government that affect you, your livelihood, and how you practice architecture. AIA provides the voice for the architectural professional that reaches Capital Hill, your state legislature, and your city council. Members have the opportunity to receive the bi-weekly electronic newsletter, The Angle providing news and analysis on Capital Hill, Government agencies and state/local activity.
  • Publications and ResourcesMembership includes a subscription to Architectural Record, a McGraw_Hill CONSTRUCTION publication, the magazine of the AIA. Members also receive the electronic publication. AIAarchitect, the weekly newsletter of the AIA which includes the institute's upcoming events. The AIA Library & Archives allows members to access the online catalog to request a loan of library books and request specialized research and customized slide shows.
  • Knowledge CommunitiesOtherwise known as primary interest areas, AIA members may join any of the many Knowledge Communities. KC's provide access to in-depth information, services, knowledge, and career needs for your particular areas of architectural practice. Online eNewsletters feature news briefs, competition and event updates, and insights on emerging trends in the design profession.
  • AIA TrustThe AIA Trust serves members in areas essential to your livelihood as a professional. quality insurance, financial benefits, and legal services are just some of the programs they offer.
  • AIA AdvantageThe AIA Advantage program offers you special benefit programs, savings, and discounts for your practice and your family.
  • AIA Mentoring ProgramThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) offers a series of mentoring tools to help you be an effective mentor as well as to find one. These programs are a collaborative effort of the AIA national Mentoring Task Group and numerous contributors from within and outside of the profession of architecture.
  • AIA Media Relations Support CenterThis center is intended to be a robust tool to aid you in implementing effective media relations efforts in your local and regional market