The AIA is a US-based professional organization that exists to protect and serve architects and design professionals, monitor legislative issues that impact the public and the profession and recognize and promote excellence in architectural design, technology and design-related issues.
The members of the AIA are individuals who are licensed to practice architecture in the US and are invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the interests of their profession.
The members of the American Institute of Architects create a community to share knowledge and advocate a shared vision to have a positive impact on the direction of the profession, the shape of our neighborhoods, and our world.
The AIA International Region, formed in late 2012, is the nineteenth region of the Institute. It encompasses all areas outside of the United States. In terms of membership -- at approximately 2,400 -- the new AIA International Region is about the same size as nine other regions of the Institute. It is considerably larger than at least three other regions, and it is growing at a time when some others are shrinking.
All offshore AIA chapters - seven in all, with others forming - are now part of the new region. Stateside, the average "penetration rate" for AIA membership - that is, the proportion of licensed architects who belong to the Institute - is around 56 percent. Some regions reach rates as high as 73 percent and others are as low as 39 percent. Outside of the United States, rates of AIA membership are higher. In Europe, the rate may approach 95 percent.
What We Do
Our mission can be distilled down to 6 main points:
We are the voice of our members to the AIA.
As the Institute examines (and perhaps reforms) its governance structure—we must ensure that the interests of overseas members are well represented at AIA leadership levels.
We encourage global growth of the AIA.
We must strive to form new offshore Chapters in places where we have concentrations of AIA
members who can join our work.
We connect global unassigned members with the AIA.
We strive to involve the unassigned members of our Region, who don’t yet have an active Chapter in which to participate.
We educate and promote professional discourse.
Through our conferences and symposia, we bring opportunities for intensive continuing education and best practice guidance to our global members.
We promote design excellence.
Through our annual design awards program we provide a platform for international recognition of outstanding examples of architecture, interior architecture, and urban design.
We bring the AIA to the world.
We are ideally positioned to build the AIA brand in the global arena.
We are always looking for passionate and dedicated volunteers to help with event ideas and planning.
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