Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

About the AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) {www.aia.org} has served as the leading voice for architecture professionals since its founding in 1857 and continues to be the most prominent membership organization for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. With the national association based in Washington, DC, the AIA is also able to meet the needs of its members at the state and local level via nearly 300 chapters both domestically and abroad {www.aia.org/about/structure/components/AIAS078541}. The mission of AIA is to serve as a resource for its members, allied professionals, and the general public through advocacy, community, education, and outreach.

About the AIA Long Beach/South Bay

Our Mission:

The AIA Long Beach / South Bay Chapter is the local voice of the profession and is dedicated to serving and inspiring its members and the public through education, advocacy, and design excellence.

Why join the AIA LBSB chapter?

Like any professional organization, if you choose to be involved then you will benefit both personally and professionally. When our members are asked why they continue their membership year after year, we hear these words most often: Approachable, Open to New Ideas, Innovative Programs, a Sense of Community, and Fun!

AIA Long Beach/South Bay provides members with opportunities beyond the general AIA member benefits:

  • Social aspects to connect with peers and industry pros
    • BARchitecture monthly program
    • Joint programs with other industry groups and professionals (USGBC, Planning Assoc, Long Beach Heritage, Palos Verdes Art Jury, Modern Homes Tour, vendor/sponsor programs)
    • all programs open to public to attend
  • California license renewal
    • 5-hour accessibility seminars for very low cost
  • Unique programming for members and the community
    • Architectural Bike Ride
    • 3 Minutes of Fame
    • Amateur Architectural Photography Contest
  • Promotion our member firms
    • website directory
    • social media sharing
  • Unparalleled publicity with our Design Award winners + all project submissions
    • display installation in large public venues
    • ongoing showcase on website
  • ARE Prep
    • study support opportunities for Associate members
    • Black Spectacles discount pricing
  • Leadership opportunities
    • Size matters: Being small allows for more opportunities

Go to the Join page to learn more about the benefits of the AIA and to get started.

Feel free to call us if you have any questions whatsoever: 562-989-1399

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