AIA – Monterey Bay Chapter

The American Institute of Architects has been advancing the value of architects and architecture for more than 150 years, through AIA member resources and as the collective voice of the profession. Like most AIA chapters, we are continuously asked to quantify the value members receive in being part of the AIA.

Benefits that enhance the professional and competitive position of AIA members and the profession of architecture, and links to additional information regarding membership can be found at the American Institute of Architects website.


The Value of AIA

As part of the AIACC’s Monterey Design Conference, these videos were created that featured members’ thoughts on the “value of AIA”. Please take a moment to view them as they offer great insights about what it can mean to you in joining the American Institute of Architects.

Networking & Leadership

Professional Activities

Credibility & Advocacy

Membership Benefits

Continuing Education

Shape your future with top-quality education from leaders in the field. You can earn AIA learning units (LUs) plus HSW, GBCI, and RIBA credits. You can also earn supplemental experience hours for NCARB’s Intern Development Program.


The AIA is your voice in policy and legislation at all levels of government. Our efforts, combined with the power of 85,000+ member advocates, help architects and design professionals protect their livelihood and make a difference.

Industry Research

Shape your business strategies with AIA research and market intelligence. Discover the latest practice trends and their impact on business and growth, see where the economy is heading, get compensation data for firm positions, and more.

Business and Career Resources

Establish a standout presence and take your career to the next level with AIA’s business and career resources. They’ll help you promote your work, make it easier to do business, and streamline the hiring and job search process.

New to the Profession

Over 21,000 of our members are young professionals, and more are joining every day. The AIA makes you a priority with resources to help you create your path and build your leadership skills.

AIA Convention

It’s one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. The people, the ideas, the environment, and the setting all come together for an experience that will supercharge your year.


Design excellence is revealed in many ways. The AIA’s 30+ award programs acknowledge and celebrate the diverse professional accomplishments and outstanding achievements of at every career stage.

Membership Discounts

Get exclusive discounts on the products and services you use most. You’ll save on Contract Documents, continuing education, master specifications, insurance, and more. Here’s an overview of the discounts you’ll enjoy as a member.


Stay on top of the field and what’s new at the AIA with free subscriptions to these publications. You may also subscribe to members-only publications through your state and local chapters. Please contact your chapter for more information.

Membership Types

Professional Member

For those licensed to practice architecture in any state or territory of the United States and interested in joining AIA Monterey Bay.

Associate Member

For those who are participating in career responsibilities and working toward licensure, working under the supervision of an architect, holding a degree in architecture or are faculty members in a university program in architecture.

Allied Member

Allied membership is open to engineers, planners, landscape architects, artists, and other fields allied to architecture.

Allied members join and pay fees directly through AIAMB. After you read about the benefits and send a completed application, you can pay for membership online using Paypal:

Affiliate Member

For individuals and firms interested in participating in chapter events, supporting our chapter and receiving the benefits of Affiliate Membership.

Affiliate members join and pay fees directly through AIAMB. After you send a completed application, you can pay for membership online using Paypal

Emeritus Membership Elevation

Applies to an emeritus membership elevation (for architects, associates).


Shirmaine Jones
AIA Monterey Bay Executive Director
PO Box 310
Monterey, CA 93940

E-mail: [email protected]

Please note that AIA Monterey Bay cannot provide contact information for non AIA individuals or firms.  To search for a licensed architect who is not a member of the AIA, we suggest an internet search or contacting the California Architect’s Board.