About AIA

About The American Institute of Architects

Our Vision: The American Institute of Architects: Driving positive change through the power of design.

Our Mission: The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

State of Purpose:
The AIA is a visionary member organization providing advocacy, leadership, and resources for architects to design a better world.

Look Up to America’s Future
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) encourages everyone to “Look Up” and see what we can create together. Then, imagine what America could look like when you partner with an architect to co-create its future. http://ilookup.org/

Architects together, helping each other create better places in which to live, work, worship, and play.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business, including
means of engaging civic and government leaders, as well as the public, in the search for solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

Well-served clients, well-designed communities, and added value for your investments, made possible by AIA members.

The AIA comprises nearly 300 components, representing members at local, state, and regional levels.  The Institute in Washington, D.C., works with these sister organizations to offer services, generate revenues, set policies, undertake initiatives in service to the profession and the public, and advance the profession’s and public’s interests from Capitol Hill to City Hall.

Raising the Standards

Professional
Architecture is a calling requiring specialized knowledge and skills plus long, intensive, and continuing education. AIA members not only meet professional requirements and the highest of standards, but also advance the profession by sharing their knowledge and experiences with each other through research, reports, events, publications, networking tools, learning venues, and other programs and projects. 

Ethical
The AIA enforces a strict code of ethics for the benefit of our members, clients, and the public.  Our code applies to the professional activities of all classes of the Institute’s members.  It addresses responsibilities to the public that we serve and enrich, and to our clients, members, users of architecture, and the building industries that help shape the built environment.  Visit the AIA Web site to learn about this code of ethics.

Knowledgeable
The Institute hosts continuing education opportunities and a number of specialized knowledge communities to help its members develop, apply, and share knowledge within the profession.  Technology, historic preservation, health care, practice management, the environment and sustainability, diversity, and home design are just a few of the knowledge communities that receive resources to help members realize their full potential.  And our member’s access to and application of such learning adds value to your investments.

Cost-effective
Using an AIAarchitect can help you receive the most value for your building, development, or home investment.  An architect-designed home can save you money and eliminate unnecessary remodeling by doing it right the first time.  Because we know the territory, architect-designed buildings typically require lower lifecycle costs, with significant opportunities for a higher resale value.  Architects understand how to enhance your space usage, whether it’s for a more productive working environment or personal comfort and enjoyment.

Good Design Makes a Difference
Good design affects your quality of life and your return on investment.  As members of The American Institute of Architects, we have the professional expertise to help find practical solutions to your unique vision and design challenges. AIA members also offer something more – the shared dedication to creating healthy, sustainable, and livable communities coupled with a means of collaboration to make those goals real.

Visit www.aia.org to find out more.