American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter


Founded in 1881, AIA San Francisco today represents more than 2,000 architects, designers and affiliated professionals in the Bay Area. As the largest chapter in California, members enjoy access to a network of leaders and resources that help promote architecture and design.

New Graduate Incentive Program Expansion - Effective May 1, 2014

In December 2013, the AIA National Board of Directors endorsed an expansion of the New Graduate Incentive Program that will allow the AIA to reach out to a larger, more diverse audience of prospective members, enhance the relationship between the AIA and schools of architecture, and help bridge the gap between schools of architecture and professional practice. These are all key objectives of the Repositioning the AIA Initiative on Emerging Professionals.

To respond quickly to the Board’s request, AIA National has broadened eligibility requirements for the New Graduate Incentive Program that will not require any bylaws changes to the Associate member category eligibility requirements (Section 2.21 a) and b) of the Institute's Bylaws. Click below to learn more.

Read: 2014 New Graduate Associate Expansion Incentive Resources (pdf)

You are Membership Type Application 2016 Dues
Licensed to practice in the US Architect (AIA) Join online (copy of current license required) $634
Licensed to practice outside of the US International Associate (Int'l Assoc. AIA) Join online (copy of current license required) $294
New Graduate* Associate (Associate AIA) Join online (diploma or transcipt required) $0
Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure Associate AIA Join online $338
Currently work under the supervision of an architect or hold a degree in architecture Associate AIA Join online $253
Faculty member in a university program in architecture Associate AIA Join online $253
Member of another chapter who also wants AIASF benefits Component Affiliate Component Affiliate application $210
Individual working in a field other than architecture Allied Allied application $294
Firm in an industry other than architecture Corporate Allied Corporate Allied application $792
Student studying architecture or an affiliated major Student Student application (proof of full time student status required) $15


  • The dues listed are for first-time members and are valid until March 31, 2015.
  • New graduates are eligible for up to 18 months of free membership starting on the date of their graduation.

  • Why Become a Member?

    • Increased visibility through access to a personal and firm profile in our online membership directory.
    • Networking opportunities with key business contacts and industry professionals.
    • Local access to over 50 educational programs per month and exclusive member events.
    • Enjoy discounts to programs, events and competitions, including Design Awards and Small Firms, Great Projects resource directory.
    • AIA contract documents discount of up to 34%.
    • Complimentary subscription to ARCHITECT, the magazine of the AIA.
    • Free resume postings on AIA San Francisco.
    • Join or chair a committee or member community to connect with like-minded professionals to learn, collaborate, and share ideas in areas of professional interest.
    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car discounts through AIASF's corporate account #23A5213.
    • Discounted workers compensation programs with the State Fund.
    • AIA Trust Insurance and Financial Programs