Founded in 1881, AIA San Francisco today represents more than 2,000 architects, designers and affiliated professionals in the Bay Area. As the largest chapter in California, members enjoy access to a network of leaders and resources that help promote architecture and design.

Member Benefits Include:

AIA is where the architecture and design communities come together to share knowledge, gain expertise, get connected, and stay involved. Whether you’re an experienced architect or emerging professional, recent graduate, sole practitioner running your own practice or mentoring new architects or those seeking to become architects, architecture faculty, or those affiliated with architecture, AIA has tools and resources that support you at every stage.

  • Connects with global community of more than 96,000 professionals who share your passion for architecture, design, and the built environment
  • Opportunities to mold the architecture profession, public policy, and practice
  • Gain access to research, career resources, and partner discounts through AIA National
  • Over 150+ continuing education programs and events annually
  • Discounted registration to all AIASF educations events for LUs/HSWs
  • Enjoy discounts to programs, events, and competitions, including Community Alliance Awards, Design AwardsSmall Firms, Great Projects publication, Symposia, and Architecture + the City festival events
  • Receive discounts on AIASF Job Board postings and Digital Advertising
  • Complimentary subscription to AIA's magazine, ARCHITECT
  • Exclusive savings on car rentals, office resources, and insurance through the AIA Trust*

*The AIA Trust is a free risk management resource, offering benefit programs and practice resources for AIA Members.

All individual member types (Architect, Associate, Component Affiliate, Individual/Student Allied) receive the full benefits listed above.

Corporate Allied members additionally receive five (5) Individual Allied accounts as a benefit to staff members at their firm.

Membership Types

Architect (AIA)

Licensed to practice in the US

Join online (copy of current license required)


Associate AIA

Currently enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and working toward licensure

Currently work under the supervision of an architect or hold a degree in architecture

Faculty member in a university program in architecture

Join online


International Associate

Licensed to practice outside of the US

Join online (copy of current license required)


New Graduate

Associate (Associate AIA)

Join online (diploma or transcript required)



Individual working in a field other than architecture

Allied application


Corporate Allied

Firm in an industry other than architecture

Corporate Allied application


Component Affiliate

Member of another chapter who also wants AIASF benefits

Component Affiliate application



Student studying architecture or an affiliated major

Student application (proof of student status required)