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 Members enjoy access to industry-best benefits, products, and services that support practice and professional development.

  • Connect with local and international architecture and industry professionals to learn, collaborate, and share ideas in areas of professional interest.
  • Networking opportunities with key business contacts and industry professionals
  • 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 Design AwardsSmall Firms, Great Projects publication, Community Alliance Awards, and Symposia
  • Receive discounts on AIASF job listings
  • Online and digital advertising discounts 
  • Discounted admission to Architecture + the City festival events
  • Complimentary subscription to AIA's magazine, ARCHITECT
  • Discounted rates on car rentals, office resources, 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)