AIA Membership

The AIA offers several membership designations based on licensure status and other criteria. These abbreviations, which AIA members (except for Allied members) may show after their names, indicate membership to clients, the public, and other industry professionals:

AIA: U.S.-licensed architects

Assoc. AIA: Unlicensed to practice architecture but meeting other professional criteria

FAIA: Members elected to the AIA College of Fellows

Hon. AIA or Hon. FAIA: Honorary members

Intl. Assoc. AIA: Those with an architecture license or equivalent from a licensing authority outside the United States

Emeritus: Architect or associate members in good standing for at least 15 successive years who meet certain age and/or retirement criteria, who may continue using the designation they had prior to approval of their application for emeritus status

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