Any architect who is currently entitled and registered with the board of Architecture to practice and use the title Architect in the state of Florida is eligible to be an Architect Member. Architects may also hold the titles Fellow and/or Emeritus. Learn more...
Associate Member (Assoc. AIA)
Assoc. AIA is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria: Learn More!
Recent graduate with a degree in architecture (special offer - Learn more!), or
Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working towards licensure, or
Currently work under the supervision of an architect or hold a degree in architecture, or
Faculty member in a university program in architecture.
Those recently graduated with a degree in architecture (special offer ? Learn More!)
Emeritus (AIA Emeritus)
Emeritus status may be made by any architect member who has maintained membership for 15 consecutive years immediately prior to application, and:
either has reached the age of 70 and has retired from the profession of architecture, or;
is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.
Firm membership is a supplemental membership recognized only at the state level. To be eligible, the firm principal must be a member in good standing. Learn More...
Allied members represent the companies and industries supporting the Design Build community.Learn more...
Mentorship is the final piece of the architecture puzzle required to become a well-rounded professional in the field. It is as important who you choose to be your mentor as it is to choose where to go to college, and it needs to be viewed as such by both parties.
Getting your professional degree is an important task, but it can only get you to 50% of your total educational needs as an architect. Getting to 100% requires real life practice where you learn about the details and processes that you cannot go over in school. It is far too easy to learn bad habits if you do not have a qualified mentor assisting you along the way. When looking for that first internship it is essential to know who you are going to be working under and how they practice architecture. Look around your area for people who inspire you, and find time to talk with them. This is where networking and mentorship programs within the AIA are extremely important. It is imperative that the membership is active within their community so that they can encourage the up-and-coming architects and keep the talented people from leaving the area in order to seek inspirational fulfillment. A thriving architectural community is based upon making connections and fostering growth within the graduates coming into the workforce.
A note for the emerging professionals: NEVER hesitate to ask. One thing common to all great architects is they love talking about what they do. It is that passion that gets amazing projects built.
Trevor Boyle, Associate, AIAAssociate Director at LargeHuntonBrady Architects