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Member Benefits

Why join AIA?

Your AIA membership demonstrates you are an architectural professional dedicated to the highest standards of the profession. Your AIA designation tells your professional story in just a few letters and immediately shows others what you've achieved and how you connect to the profession. By using the AIA designation after your name, you will receive instant credibility with clients and employers.

As a member, you'll also discover your membership is more than just these three letters - it's about community, passion, education and commitment to elevating the value of architecture and importance of good design. AIA membership offers a wide range of benefits, professional resources, and exclusive discounts. Take a look at the Member Benefits Guide for details. Useful links to important resources are at your fingertips:

AIA Knowledge Communities

Join an AIA Knowledge Community and connect with others who share your passions and commitment—and start a project that advances the profession and your work. Sustainability, emerging technologies, small business, starting or managing a firm—no matter your interest, there is an AIA Knowledge Community for you.


Discover what you can learn. AIAU brings the industry's best learning to you. Over 300+ instructors are from leading firms, and they'll immerse you in in-demand topics that will boost your skills and portfolio.

AIA Contract Documents

Choose from 180+ industry standard construction contracts and forms.

AIA Architecture Grants and Fellowships

Access to funding is what makes significant research possible.

AIA Scholarships

From college scholarships to financial support for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), we offer several programs that support the academic and professional pursuits of the next generation of architects.  



When you join AIA, you're immediately connected to benefits at the local, state, and national levels. The AIA Triangle is the local voice of the architecture profession and dedicated to serving the nearly 800 members spread over a ten-county area. We are committed to our mission of serving our members and the local community by enhancing and promoting the profession of architecture. 

In addition to the benefits of national membership, the opportunities and benefits afforded to you as an AIA Triangle member include:

Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education Opportunities

Our Continuing Education Task Force plan workshops throughout the year offering full-day and half-day sessions. We strive to bring informative programs focusing on topics of interest to architects. Members are given a special discounted rate, and as a special perk, we take care of filing your earned continuing education credits with AIA.

Small Firm Roundtable - Lunch-and-Learn Programs

AIA Triangle partners host special educational programs, and in most cases, continuing education credit is awarded. Lunch-and-Learn programs are free for AIA Triangle members and an excellent opportunity to earn CE credits, learn about various topics, network with other professionals, and enjoy free lunch!

ARE Lending Library

Preparing for the ARE? AIA Triangle offers a free lending library of 5.0 study materials to Associate and AIA members. 


Stay Connected

Friday Facts

What is Friday Facts? AIA Triangle Friday Facts is our weekly newsletter highlighting activities, news and events distributed by email each Friday. As a member you'll be added to our weekly distribution list it’s your weekly update to happenings in the AIA Triangle. 

Visit our website frequently! is your your connection to resources, member benefits, task force activities and signature events.  The website features an online calendar for up-to-date information about local meetings, programs and events you won’t want to miss. 


Signature Events

The AIA Triangle hosts several signature events throughout the year to match the various interests of our membership.

AIA Triangle Design Awards

The AIA Triangle Design Awards Gala recognizes excellence in architectural design throughout the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area. Design Awards allow you to gain recognition for your design work and contributions to the profession. For more information about the awards criteria, selection process, and AIA Triangle Design Awards Gala, visit the Design Awards website at

AIA Golf Tournament

Enjoy playing golf? The golf tournament is a great way for members, sponsors, and guests to enjoy a day of fellowship and competition on a challenging golf course while helping to support scholarships for future professionals. Play as an individual, form a foursome, or encourage your firm or professional connections to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities.

AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture

Held each fall, the AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture showcases award-winning, architect-designed homes throughout the Triangle region. The purpose of the tour is to share the area’s best residential design with as many people as possible and expose the value of an architect-led design as well as leading residential architects, contractors and consultants of the Triangle. Awards for design excellence and construction quality is presented to each residence selected by jury to be part of the tour. Hope you can join us for this year’s tour! For more information, visit the tour website at

AIA Triangle Fall Membership Meeting

Our annual event where we honor you – our members!  The Annual Fall Membership meeting is an excellent opportunity for members to connect with each other, meet the AIA Triangle board and leadership, and network with other members and sponsors. Be part of a fun evening of sharing, networking and appreciation!


Personal Enrichment, Social & Networking Opportunities

AIA Triangle Young Architect Forum (YAF)

AIA Triangle's Young Architect Forum (YAF) is a leadership development program of the AIA College of Fellows. It focuses on professional development, leadership, personal growth, and other important subjects relevant to young professionals and interns early in their career. The AIA Triangle YAF provides various outlets and activities, both professional and social where young architects (those licensed less than 10 years) can get together and discuss topics of interest and provides a network within the architectural community to tackle issues that concern them. For more information, visit the YAF website at

AIA Triangle's Leadership Forum

AIA Triangle's Leadership Forum provides access to a variety of speakers, design firms and activities for a select annual class of local Emerging Professionals. In lieu of other one-on-one mentorship models, this collaborative learning  program design works to cross-strengthen the entire class through pooled resources and reflective practice. 

The AIA Triangle Leadership Forum connects a select group of area Emerging Professionals (unlicensed members and those licensed less than 10 years) with top leaders and architectural firms across the Triangle. 

The program consists of a curated series of events designed to create an open dialogue between established architect-leaders and participating emerging professionals. Through conversations, panel discussions, workshops, and office/job-site tours, the Leadership Forum helps facilitate the passage of knowledge across generational and hierarchical gaps. For more information, visit the Leadership Forum website at

AIA Triangle/NCSU Joint Lecture Series

AIA Triangle in partnership with North Carolina State University College of Design offers a series of lectures each year free to AIA members, students and members of the community. Upcoming lectures are posted on the AIA Triangle calendar of events and on the NCSU College of Design website. Videos of past lectures are available:  HERE

AIA Triangle Small Firm Roundtable

The goal of the Small Firm Roundtable is to provide an opportunity for lessons learned and shared knowledge among small practitioners who might otherwise not interact outside of their small offices. Our intent is to increase knowledge among attendees, through assistance from peers on issues that may have come up recently, through lessons learned and Q&A, and through exposure to different types of firms and ways of doing business. In addition, we are building a network of small practitioners from outside of the architecture community (engineers and other consultants) that may provide services to small practitioners that may not have otherwise heard of these firms. This gives them a chance to specifically understand the types of projects and scope of services common to the projects of small practitioners.

AIA Triangle Women in Architecture

Women in Architecture (WIA) supports female participation in the profession by providing opportunities for women in architectural careers to support and learn from each other. The goal of Women in Architecture is to support diversity in AIA by empowering female architects in all stages of their career to achieve professional and personal growth by providing opportunities to network with potential mentors and connect to resources in an environment that allows sharing of professional experiences and support of one another.


Get Involved Locally

Interested in sharing your talents and volunteering for the programs outlined above? Whatever your interest AIA Triangle has an opportunity for you to get involved and share your passion for architecture. Take a moment to look around our website and explore our various task forces. There is a task force for every interest and time commitment level. Feel free to reach out to our task force chairs – they’ll be happy to discuss available opportunities to fit your commitment level.


Whether you’re a seasoned professional, newly licensed architect, new grad or student -

the AIA Triangle leadership and staff are here to support you!

Feel free to contact us:

919-463-0333 | 

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YAF - ARE/AXP Study Group

YAF - ARE/AXP Study Group

YAF Summer Social

Lunch & Learn Sponsored by Amer. Institute of Steel Construction

Member Social and Tour of Forest History Society

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