What is the AIA dues cycle?
Membership dues are calculated on a calendar year, January to December. Payments are due by January 15. Look for your renewal letter in October of the year prior. 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?

You can update your contact information by logging in using your primary AIA.org email address and password and updating the information.

I recently passed the ARE, how do I upgrade my membership?
You can upgrade your membership to Architect by completing the Associate to Architect Form.

Am I eligible for Emeritus membership?
You are eligible for Emeritus status if you have been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years or 25 cumulative years before your application, and you have either attained the age of 70, and are retired from the profession of architecture, or you are so incapacitated and are unable to work in the profession. To apply for emeritus status, complete the Architect to Emeritus Form. (there are waivers for age or years of membership, email cguske@aiava.org for those forms.)

How do I transfer my membership?
If you have recently moved, remember to transfer your membership. Send in the Transfer Form.

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. An electronic notice announcing the meeting will be sent each year to all members.

Can I join the AIA Virginia 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 and do I have to pay?
In response to member requests, the mandatory payment of supplemental dues has been eliminated!

How is the AIA Virginia governed? 

The AIA Virginia 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.

Have more questions? Check the AIA site here or email Member Services Director, Cathy Guske.