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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), based in Washington, D.C., has become a leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since is inception in 1857.
 
With nearly 300 state and local chapters, and a growing number of international chapters, the AIA protects and serves architects and design professionals, monitors legislative issues that impact the public and the profession, to recognize and promote excellence in architectural design, technology and design related issues.
 
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 Middle East Chapter (AIA ME)
AIA Middle East (AIA ME), a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was established in 2010 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in the Middle East and North African region (MENA).  When it was formed it was the fifth international chapter of the AIA, and it just this short period of time has grown to become the largest international chapter, with over 400 members.
 
The domain of this Chapter includes the following (16) countries in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
 
The administrative headquarters of the chapter are in the UAE capital city, Abu Dhabi, with regional representatives in the member countries.
 
Each year the AIA Middle East chapter:
  • Sponsors continuing education lectures and talks throughout the region to help architects maintain their licensure
  • Sets the industry standard in contract documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry
  • Conducts market research and provides analysis of the economic factors that affect the business of architecture
  • Serves as an advocate of the architecture profession
  • Promotes design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through an awards program
  • Hosts the annual AIA Middle East Year End Conference in a different member country each year.  The conference is open to all industry professionals.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education.

The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.

ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA members schools.

The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations. 

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
 
The mission of the AIAS is:
  • To promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice. We celebrate our membership in several ways. Members of the AIAS have the opportunity to have their work published in CRIT, Journal of the AIAS the only international journal devoted to the work and critical thoughts of architecture students.
  • To foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines. We host an annual convention, FORUM, which provides students with the opportunity to learn about the issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects and designers.
  • To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration. Through the Freedom by Design™ program, we are organizing our members to be good citizens in their communities.
  • To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. We serve as the sole student voice in the decision making process of such organizations as The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each registration board has state-appointed public and professional members as well as an administrator.
 
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.
 
Our Work
NCARB's primary function is to design tools and model procedures for jurisdictions to apply to their regulation of the path to licensure, ranging from internship guidelines to licensing examination to certification for reciprocal licensing. NCARB maintains records for its 54 jurisdictional boards, providing services to architects and interns as key stakeholders.


Resources include:

  • The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects
  • Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
  • The Emerging Professional’s Companion

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