American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. For more than 150 years, AIA has been serving as the voice of the architecture profession.
Through advocacy, information, and community, AIA sponsors hundreds of educational opportunities and experiences to help architects maintain their licensure. AIS sets the industry standards in contract documents, provides web-based resources for emerging architecture professionals, and conducts market research and provides analysis of the economic factors that affect the architecture business. AIA hosts the annual AIA National Convention and Design Exposition which serves as an advocate for the architecture profession; enhancing public belief in the value of design and promotes design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through an awards program.
AIA also uses social media to remain on the cutting-edge of education, idea-sharing, and networking. Through the use of tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, flickr, and FourSquare, the AIA helps members meet like-minded professionals with whom to share ideas, interests, expertise, and experience as well as stay informed of the latest trends and issues that dominate the profession.