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AIA Architect Membership: What's in it for me?
Up to three months free (plus 50% off local membership for educators!***)

Please note: New Architect members must live or work within the territory of the Chapter where you join. If you have questions, please contact AIA National at 800-242-3837 to determine your local Chapter.

Dear Prospective AIA Architect Member:

If you’re licensed to practice architecture in the United States, you’re invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the profession, The American Institute of Architects (AIA.)

Currently we’re offering you the chance to sign up for 2010 and get up to the last three months of 2009 membership free of charge! Your dues of $565.00 cover membership at all three levels (national, state and local), effective October 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.*

Keeping you up to date with changes that affect you, your livelihood, and how you practice architecture, AIA provides a voice for the architectural professional that reaches every level of government. AIA members may also join any of the many Knowledge Communities. These interest areas provide access to in-depth information, services, knowledge, and career needs for your particular area of practice.

AIACC members can now save 6% on workman’s comp insurance through the State Fund (up to 15% for those with superior safety records!) Visit
AIACC's website for more information.

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

Free admission to monthly Committee Programs on topics like Building Performance and Regulations, CAD, the Environment, Architecture for Health Care, Historic Resources, Interiors, and Urban Design—most are eligible for CE credit! **

• Discounts on our ADA, LEED and other Professional Development Seminars, Home Tours, Design Awards Gala, and our Masters of Architecture lecture series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

• Special member prices on AIA contract documents on paper or CD-ROM, personal and professional insurance through AIA Trust, and a variety of business and travel related promotions through AIA partner companies

• Invitation-only Chapter events such as the Board Installation & Holiday Party

• Discounted use of our online job listings and free use of our résumé file to post or search for a job!

Please fill out the attached application and return to the AIA Los Angeles Chapter Office with:

1. A check for $565.00,* payable to AIA (this covers your AIA dues through Dec. 31, 2010) or your MasterCard, VISA or American Express billing information for this amount

2. A copy of all current architectural licenses that you hold

If you have any questions regarding membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me the Chapter Office.

We look forward to working with you in the months and years to come.

Steve Tanner
Membership Director, AIA Los Angeles Chapter

*”15 for 12” promotion for new Architect members with a join date of October 1 through Dec. 31, 2009. Full first year dues were $565.00. Full year Architect dues (Jan.-Dec.) are currently $664.00 for second year members and $728.00 for the third year & thereafter. Supplemental dues of $118.00 per each licensed architect employee apply to firm principals, owners or managers in second year & thereafter and go to support Chapter programs, activities and staff. Members must join the local Chapter where they live or work and will be automatically assigned to that Chapter based on your ZIP code.

**Continuing education activity of 18 hours/year, of which 8 must be Health Safety and Welfare related, is required for Architect members, starting with the first full year of membership. New in 2009: Of the 8 HSW hours, 4 must be related to sustainability.

Also new in 2009: the California Architects Board now requires architects to complete mandatory continuing education courses on disabled access requirements as a condition of license renewal. This mandate of 1 to 5 hours annually will be required of licensees renewing their license beginning in July 2009. The amount of coursework hours required to renew a license will be phased in, eventually requiring five hours every renewal cycle (two years) for all licensees. To  determine how much coursework is required for your license renewal, please visit the Board's
Web site regularly for updates, or you may contact the Board at (916) 574-7220.

***Architect members who work for a college or university are eligible to take ½ off the local (AIA/LA) portion of your dues. Please see the architect educator application to calculate the correct local dues for educators. National and State dues remain unchanged.

Click here to view and print application form