What is AIA, and why should I choose an architect who is a member?

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), founded in 1857, is the professional organization for 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and some 300 state and local chapters worldwide, the AIA helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.

In addition to meeting professional standards for licensure to practice architecture, AIA members adhere to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards of professional practice. AIA members must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements to maintain their professional standing and to stay current in the profession.

The Texas Society of Architects (Texas Architects) is a state component of the AIA. Founded in 1939, Texas Architects is one of the nation’s largest organizations for the architectural profession, with 17 regional chapters and over 6,000 members.

Use Texas Architects’ Find an Architect feature to search our member database for specialties, resumes, and previous work to find the right architect for your project.