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Why join? The AIA, with over 70,000 members nationally, is the largest voice of the architectural community. We advocate at the national, state, and local levels for issues affecting the practice of architecture and work to educate the public on the important role of architects. At the local level, your membership keeps you connected with other local professionals, provides continuing education, and keeps you informed about local, state, and national issues.

Where do my dues go? Members of the AIA belong to the national chapter, a state chapter, and a local chapter. Your annual dues are divided among these chapters.

  • At the national level, the AIA coordinates a wide-ranging set of services, including: maintaining continuing education manuscripts and continuing education standards, advocating for the profession at the federal level on governmental issues that affect architects, providing a large library of contract documents, creating knowledge communities and design awards, and hosting a national convention each year.

  • At the state level, AIA New York furthers the profession of architecture in New York, with particular emphasis on educating the New York General Assembly and other components of state government on the important role architects play in determining our state's quality of life. The state chapter monitors state legislation to ensure that architects have a voice in any bills that affect the profession in New York. AIA New York also coordinates an annual state convention which provides valuable continuing education and professional networking.

  • At the local level, AIA Staten Island keeps members of the architectural community connected through monthly chapter meetings and special events. We provide continuing education opportunities for our members. We collaborate with the state and national chapters to keep our members up to date on important events and initiatives. We raise funds for architecture scholarships and we serve as a public face representing architects in our community at large.

  • How do I join? You can join the AIA simply by visiting


    Architect. Individuals currently licensed to practice architecture in a U.S. state or territory.

    Associate. Individuals not licensed to practice architecture, but who meet one of the following conditions. 1) Hold a professional degree in architecture; 2)Participate in career responsibilities recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit toward licensure; 3) Work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity; 4) Serve as a faculty member in a university program in architecture.

    International Associate. Individuals licensed to practice architecture in another country, but not the U.S.

    Allied. Professionals in fields allied to architecture and who are licensed to practice their profession by the State of New York A/E Board, including engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, general contractors, etc.

    Affiliate. Professionals representing vendors in the design and construction industry.
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