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Careers In Architecture

Careers in architecture are as varied and interesting as the people who hold them. Therefore, the AIA has established a unique web site for the topic. Here you'll find a variety of resources to help you learn about your options and begin your path toward becoming an architect!



The AIA acknowledges the importance of mentoring in the AIA Code of Ethics where members are encouraged to "nurture their fellow professionals as they progress through stages of their career, beginning with professional education in the academy, progressing through internship, and continuing throughout their career." Mentors play a critical role, as they help developing architects review and reflect on their work.


Emerging Professionals

The following resources are offered in support of intern architects, providing Intern Development Program (IDP) resource links, the Emerging Professional's Companion, ARE Forum and the ARE Lending Library.

AIA Career Center

AIA Career Center

AIA Career Center is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs. Active job seekers can showcase their skills and work experience to prospective employers to find the best job opportunities, while others can take advantage of networking, training and career development services.

AIA Knowledge Net

AIA KnowledgeNet

AIA KnowledgeNet is an interactive website where architects and allied professionals can connect and share expertise. The site is built around subject matter communities, beginning with AIA national Knowledge Communities. Read the AIArchitect article on how members are using the site. Check out the AIA KnowledgeNet - How-to Resources library to view more helpful resources on using the site.

Membership Designations

Your AIA designation tells your professional story in just a few letters. It immediately shows others what you've achieved, how you connect to the profession.

  • AIA indicates that you are a U.S.-licensed architect.
  • Assoc. AIA indicates that you are an architecture school graduate who is working in the field and who also may be working toward licensure. Faculty members in a university-based architecture program also use the Assoc. AIA designation.
  • Intl. Assoc. AIA indicates that you are an international member with a license or equivalent from a licensing authority outside the U.S.
  • Allied members are professional colleagues and design enthusiasts who do not hold a professional degree in architecture.
  • FAIA indicates that you are a member who has made significant contributions to the field, met standards of excellence, and been accepted into the AIA College of Fellows.
  • Emeritus applies to members in good standing with 15 years of successive membership and who meet age and retirement criteria.
College of Fellows


The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.



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