Why AIA California

At AIA California, we believe in the value of the architect’s skillset to achieve sustainable, smart, and resilient design solutions for the built environment. With more than 11,000 members, AIA California is the largest state component of the AIA and is uniquely positioned to impact the design and construction industry as the voice of the architectural profession in California.

An AIA membership connects you to 94,000 professionals who share your passion for architecture and who are working together to transform the profession. By joining the AIA, you automatically enjoy a three-tiered membership with services offered at: Your local AIA component chapter, the AIA California state component, and AIA National. Each level of this membership structure offers valuable benefits and resources, including education, networking, industry insights, protection, support and advocacy.

Join, Become an AIA Member

Joining AIA is an investment in your profession. Getting work, saving money, developing and fostering leadership skills, and professional development and education are just some of the ways AIA California supports architects’ successful practice. As the voice of the profession in California, our Government Relations team advocates on your behalf at the State Capitol and within government agencies to protect the license and advance the value of the built environment to address critical issues California faces. AIA California provides members with resources to grow their practice and volunteer opportunities to help shape the future of their profession. Click here for more info.

Renew, Stay Connected

AIA connects you like no other organization – As an AIA member, you are part of the largest professional network of architects and design professionals. Your membership connects you to the architecture profession in California-peers, indispensable connections, and future collaborators who share your passion for design. It connects you to practice areas so you can share knowledge, partner on solutions, and learn from experts and creative thinkers. And, it connects you to your local architecture community through your chapter, which hosts events, conferences, awards programs, and volunteer opportunities.

Experiencing financial hardship and need assistance with dues? There are options. Contact or reach out to your local chapter.

Firm Benefits

RFQ Opportunities: Interested in doing public work? AIA California connects you to public project opportunities through Requests for Proposals/Requests for Qualifications postings from local, state, and national agencies and institutions. Find them here. Interested in posting an RFQ/RFP. Read this.

Payment Technology Member Benefit: Need A/R support? As a proud member benefit provider of AIA California, ClientPay is dedicated to serving architecture professionals manage their business. They offer an easy-to-use online payment technology which makes it simple for architects to accept credit, debit, and eCheck/ACH payments from clients anytime, from anywhere. Plus, ClientPay is dedicated to offering an exceptional customer support experience with our in-house team of payment experts. Click here to learn more and to take advantage of this member benefit today!

Allied Member Advantages

Development of the built environment takes a diverse team of professionals. AIA California supports this vibrant network to help its members make connections, access resources, and support integration across the industry. If you are interested in strengthening relationships and taking advantage of marketing opportunities, AIA California Allied Membership helps position you and your company for the future.


As the largest component in the AIA, we represent over 11,000 architects and design professionals – roughly 15% of the total AIA membership in the nation. We want to help you to reach the design community in California and have a variety of opportunities for exposure for your company. Whether your goal is to improve market share, distinguish your product from competitors, launch a new product, or simply to attract more professionals to your product or service, AIA California has a partnership opportunity designed to meet your marketing needs.

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