Categories of Membership
AIA (Licensed Architects)
Individuals currently licensed to practice architecture in the United States may become AIA members. Proof of current license must be presented to complete the membership process.
Individuals not licensed to practice architecture, but who meet one of the following criteria:
- Intern, who is an individual participating in career responsibilities recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit toward licensure
- Individual working under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity
- ARE candidate
- A faculty member in a university program in architecture
- Individual holding a professional degree in architecture. Eligible individuals must provide a copy of their diploma.
- Individual licensed (or equivalent) in another country, but not in the United States
AIA National extends a special offer to individuals who have graduated with a degree in architecture from an accredited school of architecture. This offer provides qualified individuals free membership at the national level ending on Dec. 31 of the year following graduation. New Graduate members still must pay state and local dues. Eligible individuals must provide a copy of their diploma.
(State and Local Membership Only) Individuals with established professional reputations who are registered to practice their profession where such requirements exist, or persons who are employed outside of the architectural practice, but are involved in positions related to the field of architecture may become professional affiliate members. More information about Professional Affiliate Memberships
(State and Local Membership Only) Any undergraduate- or graduate-level student enrolled in architectural design or construction related programs, located anywhere within the state of Colorado may become a student affiliate member. More information about Student Affiliate Memberships
Associate AIA to AIA: Members are eligible to upgrade from Associate AIA to AIA once they are currently licensed to practice architecture in the United States. A copy of your current license is required to process your membership.
Emeritus: An AIA member who has been in good standing with
AIA for 15 successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and
either (i) has attained the age of 70 and is retired from an occupation related
to the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable
to work in an occupation related to the profession of architecture, is eligible to upgrade from AIA to Emeritus. (Updated May 19, 2012. For more information, download a FAQ or contact AIA Colorado.)