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., AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

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.