What is the VSAIA dues cycle?
Membership dues are calculated on a calendar year, January to December. Look for your renewal letter in October or November. Dues for new members are prorated quarterly.
How am I assigned to a chapter?
Chapter affiliation is assigned by ZIP code based on the home or work address that you selected as your preferred address on your AIA application.
How do I update my contact information?
Contact your Member Services Coordinator, and we’ll be happy to update your information at the state, national and local level.
When is the annual meeting?
The annual meeting takes place each year, during November, at Architecture Exchange East in Richmond, Virginia. This event is free and registration is not required. A notice announcing the meeting will be sent each year to all members.
Can I join the VSAIA without joining the national and local level?
Membership in the AIA for Architect and Associate members is a three-tiered organization, requiring membership at each level. Allied membership works a little differently. Allied members are not required to join at the national level, but can join multiple chapters.
What are supplemental dues?
AIA member firms are responsible for paying additional dues for their architectural staff when a principal or owner is an AIA member. Supplemental dues on behalf of the firm are paid by just one principal. Supplemental dues are based on the size of the firm, so larger firms with greater needs pay more, while smaller firms pay less.
Why do I have to pay supplemental dues for my firm?
Supplemental dues support legislative advocacy efforts undertaken to protect the business interests of architecture firms. They help fund efforts which directly advocate on behalf of architecture businesses, including working with public agencies to enforce qualifications-based selection and other regulatory matters.
How is the VSAIA governed?
The VSAIA bylaws and rules of the board define how the organization is governed. Changes to the bylaws can be recommended by the board, but can only be implemented by a vote of the membership. The board is made of directors and officers. Directors are nominated to the board by Virginia’s five chapters. There is also one director representing all of Virginia’s accredited architecture programs and one representing associate members. Officers are elected each year at the annual meeting.