The American Institute of Architects is composed of some 300 component organizations (chapters) across the country and around the world to serve the needs of U.S. architects at the national, state, and local levels, including American architects working in foreign locales.
- Local AIA Chapters sponsor a wide range of activities, including educational conferences, community service projects, post-disaster and urban design workshops, and Architect Registration Exam preparation classes. In Maryland, the local components are the AIA Baltimore, AIA Chesapeake Bay, and AIA Potomac Valley chapters. Nearby local chapter include AIA DC and AIA Northern VA.
- Many state components offer educational conferences and networking opportunities and they play an integral role in representing your interests before state legislatures and regulatory agencies on architecture-related issues. AIA Maryland is the state society.
- The national component of the AIA unites local and state members in the common causes of advocacy, community, and knowledge. Networking and national volunteer opportunities are available through knowledge communities and the Center for Communities by Design.