Emeritus Members

Our Emeritus Members are our most venerated and revered membership group. Any Architect or Associate Member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and

  • has either attained the age of 70, or
  • has achieved emeritus status under law in any state of the United States, or
  • is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a three-tiered organization. Membership is required at the local, state, and national levels. Local component affiliation is assigned by zip code based on an individual's business or home address. Membership dues are calculated on a calendar year, January through December. New member dues are prorated quarterly. You must contact your local AIA component or AIA Information Central, 800-242-3837, to determine your annual membership dues.

You can join the AIA online or download an application from their website.

To renew your AIA membership, you can start the process here.

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