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Become a Member

Connect with over 95,000 professionals with a mutual love for the built environment.

  • Sharpen your expertise with continuing education courses and Knowledge Communities

  • Attend free local networking events to build meaningful relationships

  • Connect with mentors and mentees within the profession

  • Develop leadership skills and discover new professional opportunities

Membership Benefits

Membership Types

Membership is tri-level, with local applicants also being required to join at the national and state levels. Join now as a registered architect, associate, or student.

Architect Membership

Open to individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority.

Associate Membership

Open to individuals with a professional degree in architecture, those working under an architect’s supervision or enrolled in the Intern Development Program and on a path to a license. This category is also open to faculty members working in university architect programs.

Professional Affiliate

Professional affiliate members may include contractors, engineers, planners, landscape architects, sculptors, muralists, artists, those in government, education, journalism, manufacturing, industry and/or other fields affiliate to architecture.


AIASV Sustaining Partner

Strategic partnerships open to businesses that share an interest in the built environment.

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Basic Member

AIA Silicon Valley created a unique category of membership aimed at unlicensed professionals. This category recognizes that it is in the long-term interest of the profession and this Chapter to encourage AIA membership for younger professionals, and the cost of membership dues is often a deterrent.

Unlicensed individuals working toward licensure qualify for a Basic Membership but are limited to three year duration from date of application

Benefits to an AIA Silicon Valley Basic Membership

  • Free attendance at Monthly Chapter Programs (dinner meetings excluded)
  • Opportunities to participate in Chapter Committees
  • Access to the AIA Silicon Valley Library which includes study materials


Student Affiliate

Open to students currently studying architecture or an affiliated major such as interior design, landscape architecture, engineering or another allied discpline.

Benefits to become a AIA Silicon Valley Student Affiliate

  • AIA Silicon Valley Student Affiliate Members have the opportunity to network and connect with industry professionals through a wide variety of local events, chapter meetings, and panel discussions.
  • Student members will be able to attend monthly chapter events and lunch and learns for free with paid membership.
  • Student members will receive information on volunteer opportunities for larger events, such as the Architectural Intelligence conference, Design Awards, and Home Tours.
  • Discount pricing on signature events.


Upgrade Membership to Emeritus Status

If you have been an AIA (Architect or Associate) member for 15 successive years and you are 70 years old or incapacitated, you may be eligible to upgrade your membership to an Emeritus Subscriber Membership. This will result in much lower dues.

Please contact your AIA Silicon Valley director for instructions on how to update your membership.

Transfer and Unaffiliated Membership

If you are currently a member of another chapter, and AIA Silicon Valley Chapter would be a better fit for you, you can transfer your chapter membership. Membership is based on your home or work address, so either address should be located in Santa Clara County. A second option is to become an Unaffiliated Member. This is a dual membership with your “home chapter” and AIA Silicon Valley.

Email us at info (at) or call 408-298-0611 to get started.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? As a member, you will have the opportunity to help shape the future of your profession and our community through chapter committees. Consider joining one of our many committees.

Sign up today with our volunteer form.

More Membership Benefits

Continuing Education

Shape your future with top-quality education from leaders in the field. You can earn AIA learning units (LUs) plus HSW, GBCI, and RIBA credits. You can also earn supplemental experience hours for NCARB’s Intern Development Program.


The AIA is your voice in policy and legislation at all levels of government. Our efforts, combined with the power of 85,000+ member advocates, help architects and design professionals protect their livelihood and make a difference.

Industry Research

Shape your business strategies with AIA research and market intelligence. Discover the latest practice trends and their impact on business and growth, see where the economy is heading, get compensation data for firm positions, and more.

Business & Career Resources

Establish a standout presence and take your career to the next level with AIA’s business and career resources. They’ll help you promote your work, make it easier to do business, and streamline the hiring and job search process.

New to the Profession

Over 21,000 of our members are young professionals, and more are joining every day. The AIA makes you a priority with resources to help you create your path and build your leadership skills.

AIA Convention

It’s one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. The people, the ideas, the environment, and the setting all come together for an experience that will supercharge your year.


Design excellence is revealed in many ways. The AIA’s 30+ award programs acknowledge and celebrate the diverse professional accomplishments and outstanding achievements of at every career stage.

Membership Discounts

Get exclusive discounts on the products and services you use most. You’ll save on Contract Documents, continuing education, master specifications, insurance, and more. Here’s an overview of the discounts you’ll enjoy as a member.


Stay on top of the field and what’s new at the AIA with free subscriptions to these publications. You may also subscribe to members-only publications through your state and local chapters. Please contact your chapter for more information.