Join AIA Illinois
It’s more than three letters after your name.

It’s the freedom to design a better world.

Look what AIA membership offers you…starting now.

Architecture is looking at an empty space and seeing a world of possibilities.

It is transforming a complex problem into a brilliantly simple solution.

It is knowing that today’s investment in our built environment will be repaid 100 times over tomorrow.

It is believing that the way our buildings are designed can change the way we live.

This is what drives us.
This is what it is to be an architect.

But this thing we do, it cannot be done alone.We need each other.

We are America’s architects. We are committed to
building a better world.
And we’re
stronger together.

Other benefits to your bottom line:

  • 10 percent discount on all purchases at AIA’s online store (books, DVDs and gifts)
  • Discounts at UPS, Office Depot, Hertz and other B2B retailers
  • And more

 “I view membership as an interactive endeavor! I expect to get out of membership in AIA what I put into it. Love it or leave it doesn’t mean ‘Love it and leave it alone!’ It means ‘Love it and improve it!"

– Ken Casey, AIA

Powerful, collective voice protecting your profession

Many forces are at play in Illinois politics and government, but your membership assures the presence of advocates working on your behalf. AIA Illinois has been a leading voice for continued capital investment and against regulation that ties architects’ hands.

Over the last nine years, we have a .850 batting average for top issues lobbied during Prairie Grassroots. 

“I value my membership because the AIA gives me a credible and respected voice in our state legislature and is a network with my professional peers who share common aspirations and a passion for good design.”
– Larry Quenette, AIA

Career-building relationships

Relationships are the key to building the portfolio you desire, no matter if you own your own firm or not, what aspect of architecture you practice, or where you are in your career.

Membership in AIA provides you plenty of opportunities to connect, whether through online Knowledge Communities in specific interest areas, at state and national Conventions, or through social opportunities at the local level.

Some of the most exciting conversations in the field today are between emerging professionals and seasoned professionals, and AIA provides a platform for this intergenerational dialogue.

“The AIA provided me with the mentorship that I was lacking in my firm while I was completing my IDP and exams. It is a great support system and a great way to network with others who are going through the same career stages and a way to seek guidance and advice from those who have been there before me.”

– Brandy Koch, AIA

Staying ahead of the curve

AIA is a trusted resource for regulatory and educational information, including online access to your continuing education transcript and best practices, as well as the highly-respected national magazine coming across your desk.

Other benefits include free, economic and market research tailored to your business in order to effectively plan for a positive future.

“Stiffer competition is here to stay. But earlier and more thorough collaboration are the new norm.” - AIA Foresight Report 2013 on today’s design marketplace (free to members)


As an AIA member, you don’t have to seek out this information. We bring it to you.

It’s easy to join AIA! Go to and soon you’ll receive benefits at the local, state and national levels.