About Us

AIA Potomac Valley (AIAPV), a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects founded in 1955, is based in College Park, Maryland. The Chapter’s territory includes Charles, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Garrett, and Allegany Counties.

Our mission is to provide leadership, communication, education, and advocacy in support of Architects and their constituencies in the Potomac Valley region. We:

  • empower members to advance their roles in service to society;

  • act as a collective voice to help cultivate the future of the architectural profession;

  • foster innovation & sustainability in design; and

  • are a knowledge resource to members and the public, raising awareness of the value of the architecture profession.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the largest and most influential professional association for architects, interns, and those directly involved with the practice of architecture in the world. Based in Washington, DC., at the end of 2019, the AIA had nearly 300 state and local chapters representing over 95,000 members, including a majority of registered architects in the United States.

For information about membership in AIA, see the Join the AIA section of our website. For information about membership in the Potomac Valley Chapter, click here.

The Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) is our charitable arm, a 501 (c)(3) organization which promotes architectural education, training and research, and public awareness of the field of architecture.