Membership Overview

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Why Join?

The AIA is not just about putting letters after your name. It's about placing the support of an entire organization behind your career and giving you the opportunity to shape the future of your profession.

The AIA is here to help you. We can be a vital resource for you and your firm throughout your entire career. Offerings include a variety of professional development activities, advocating on your behalf to advance the architecture profession, leadership skill development, expanding your business through marketing opportunities, and bringing the design and building industry numerous times throughout the year with networking events

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Why AIA Northern Virginia?

AIA Northern Virginia is a member-driven Chapter that serves more than 1,200 Architects, Associates and Allied Professionals who live and work across the DMV. Our members and staff are known for being a friendly, welcoming, responsive, and highly engaged group where everyone makes an effort to get to know each other and roll up their sleeves to help out wherever and whenever. Join us, get involved, share your ideas and help develop meaningful programs and initiatives to advance the profession and elevate public awareness of the value of architecture and the importance of 
good design.

Membership Benefits


Open to architects licensed in the US

AIA provides the tools, education, support, and network to help you launch and thrive in your career. Joining the AIA immediately connects you to our local architecture community, while leading architects and firms provide engaging opportunities for continuing education.

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International Associates

Open to individuals who have an architecture license or equivalent from a non-US licensing authority, regardless of their current location.

Through tools, education, support, and a robust network, AIA provides career support you won’t find anywhere else in the world. 200+ chapters, including 7 international chapters in Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East, connect you to our local architecture community, while leading architects and firms provide engaging opportunities for continuing education.

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Open to architecture degree holders, those working under an architect or in AXP, or faculty.

Join AIA as an Associate member and be part of our mission to design a more sustainable, equitable world. Through your Associate membership, you'll join forces with more than 96,000 other members—the largest, most influential network of architecture professionals—who together are leveraging the power of design in our industry and beyond. Raise your voice and design a better world with the AIA community.

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New Graduates & Students

Free for new architecture school grads for up to 18 months!

New Graduate membership is open to first-time AIA members who have recently graduated with a professional degree in architecture.

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Attention Current Students: Pre-Join AIA for FREE. Launch your career as soon as you get your diploma by completing this form to automatically begin your up to 18-month* AIA Membership for free upon graduation.

Unassigned Member

A primary member of another AIA Chapter would be welcomed as a non-voting, Unassigned member of AIA Northern Virginia. Unassigned Members enjoy all Chapter benefits of membership including access to publications, events, and participation in our Design Award program.  Pay Unassigned member dues online.

Emeritus Member

A member may apply for Emeritus status if they are able to satisfy three criteria. A member must*: 1. Be retired. 2. Have attained 70 years of age. 3. Have EITHER a: 25 successive/non-successive years of membership in the Institute OR b. 15 successive years directly prior to submission of the Emeritus application.

*In limited circumstances, eligibility waivers will be accepted by the Institute.
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As a member of AIA NoVA, you receive the benefits offered by AIA Virginia and AIA National.