AIA Seattle is a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Membership eligibility, categories and dues vary by profession and career stage. See the membership categories below to see which option is best for you.



Architect membership is open to individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority.

AN ASSOCIATE (or not yet licensed)

Associate membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria: hold a professional degree in architecture; currently work under the supervision of an architect; currently enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP) and working toward licensure; or faculty member in a university program in architecture.


Associate membership is open to recent graduates with a NAAB-accredited and non-NAAB degree in architecture within approximately the past 1-18 months.


Any Architect/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 either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.

**Further information available on Emeritus transfers under Architect and Associate pages**


Local student membership is open to students who are currently enrolled in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments’ undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees programs.


Architecture Firm membership is open to firms in Seattle with legal status as an architecture practice that employs one or more registered architects. In order to qualify, at least one owner or managing partner must be a current AIA Seattle member. Firms located outside AIA Seattle’s 10-county membership area may also join if one owner or managing partner is a current AIA Seattle member.


Local allied membership is open to individuals and small businesses in the design and construction field including contractors, designers, artists and engineers as well as members of the public interested in the field of architecture.


Corporate Allied Partner sponsorship is open to businesses with an interest to support good, sustainable design while gaining access and visibility to AIA Seattle’s 2,000+ members.


AIA Seattle 2021 Dues Chart

Why Join


AIA Seattle annually offers over 50 AIA classes that meet Washington State’s new requirements for continuing education. There is no better place for architects to earn their 24 professional development hours.


With more than 2,500 local members, AIA Seattle is a community of your design, construction and architecture colleagues tailored to inspire, educate and help advance your career.

Competitive Advantage

Being part of AIA Seattle is more than just these three letters after your name. Membership is about community, passion, education and a commitment to elevating design as a platform for making our city and our region better.