Joining the American Institute of Architects gives you the valuable career advancement, professional education and advocacy services of the largest association (94,000 members) that serves the architectural profession. Our local chapter, AIA Potomac Valley, serves over 570 members in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Washington and Allegany Counties across Maryland. AIA has valuable resources to help you get started, get connected, get engaged, and get ahead in your membership and in the profession.

Join AIAPV to receive membership benefits including access to some 50 high-quality CES events on topics of most importance to architects each year, with member discounts on registration. Members are eligible to enter their projects in the annual AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards. We offer valuable networking opportunities to architects at every stage of their careers, as well as programming specifically for Emerging Professionals. Additionally, our chapter operates the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation for the support of architecture student scholarships and the maintenance of LEAFHouse as a public showcase for sustainable design.

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Architect and Associate members join AIA at the local, state and national levels simultaneously through a single application to AIA National. Allied members join at the local level only, applying directly to AIA Potomac Valley.

Looking for ways to reach architects? Allied membership and sponsorship are great ways to support the profession and network with our members. See our Sponsorship page for more information.

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Do you have a colleague who would benefit from membership in the AIA? Refer them and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. Just complete this form. Terms and conditions apply.

The AIA Trust—Where smart architects manage risk. The AIA Trust is a free risk management resource, offering benefit programs and practice resources for AIA Members.

AIA Trust—Where Smart Architects Manage Risk. The AIA Trust is a free risk management resource, offering benefit programs and practice resources for AIA Members.

2019 Dues Schedule

Total AIA annual dues for 2019 will be $675 for Architect Members and $239 for Associate Members. Click here for a breakdown of local, state and national dues.

AIA Potomac Valley and AIA Maryland will continue to participate in AIA National’s complimentary membership program for new architecture graduates, waiving dues for the first 18 months after graduation.

The membership renewal cycle is based on a calendar year: January 1 through December 31. National, state and local dues for new and reinstating members are prorated quarterly as follows:

  • Quarter 1 - 100% full payment due
  • Quarter 2 - 25% reduction
  • Quarter 3 - 50% reduction
  • Quarter 4 - responsible for next year’s dues amount (includes 15 for 12 promotion)

New or previous members can use the AIA Dues Estimator to calculate the cost of their estimated membership dues.

If you are renewing as an Architect, Associate, International Associate or National Allied member, you may enroll online in the 2019 Dues Installment Program online during October 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019. Program enrollment ends on April 30, 2019 and dues must be paid in full by June 30, 2019. Learn more.

Membership Categories

Architect (AIA): Individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority are eligible. Learn More | Join online or download a membership application

To elevate from Associate to Architect status, Complete this Form

Associate (Assoc. AIA): Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible: (1) professional degree in architecture; (2) working under the supervision of an architect; (3) enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure; (4) faculty member in a university program in architecture. Learn More | Join online or download a membership application

Associate - New Graduate (Assoc. AIA): Free to all architecture school graduates for the first 18 months after graduation. Membership is available to both NAAB Accredited Degree Holders and Non-accredited degree holders, or individuals enrolled in an AXP (formerly IDP) program working under an architect's supervision. Learn More

International Associate (Int’l. Assoc. AIA): Individuals who have an architecture license or equivalent from a non-U.S. licensing authority are eligible. Learn More | Download an Application

Transfer Your Membership: If you are a member of another AIA component and wish to relocate your membership to AIA Potomac Valley, please submit this Transfer Request Form to AIA National, using the contact information at the bottom of the form.

Allied Member Non-architects who work with the built environment, including engineers, landscape architects, design consultants, general contractors, subcontractors, materials suppliers and related fields. Visit our Allied Membership page for more information and complete the Allied Membership Application Form.